To win the heart of a king

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 28, 2016
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Jesus restored St. Peter, rebuilding his Rock on a firm foundation

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3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 10, 2016
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Disciples, all the way to the roots

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 20, 2015
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En la humildad, liberado y fundado

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XXII Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 1 Septiembre 2013
Sir 3, 19-21.30-31; Sal 67; Heb 12, 18-19.22-24; Lc 14, 1.7-14

En las lecturas de hoy, se nos insta a tener humildad y humillarnos. Pero, ¿qué significa esto?

  • ¿Significa la humildad no hacer nada para aprender más, u obtener un buen trabajo, o mejorar nuestra condición de vida? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad decir falsamente que no valemos nada, que no tenemos buenas cualidades o talentos o habilidades? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad pasivamente dejar que la falsedad o el mal nos aplasten, y nunca hablar o actuar por la verdad y la bondad? No. (more…)

Humbly receptive at the great banquet

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 1, 2013
Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Ps 68; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24; Luke 14:1, 7-14

In our Gospel reading today, we hear our Lord Jesus advise: “When you are invited to a wedding banquet, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.'” Now, as literal advice, taking the lowest place with that goal wouldn’t be real humility at all; it would be a manipulative fraud. But we know that our Lord Jesus is telling a parable here, and sometimes when he does so he exaggerates the everyday details of the story in order to make his point.

But imagine for a moment that you did take the advice literally; that you took the lowest place in the banquet; and no one noticed. (more…)

La semilla crece: su Reino, en su ritmo

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XI Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 17 Junio 2012
Ez 17, 22-24; Sal 91; 2 Cor 5, 6-10; Mc 4, 26-34

“¿Con qué compararemos el Reino de Dios?” pregunta nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y nos cuenta dos parábolas en nuestra lectura del Evangelio, ambos comparando el Reino de Dios con el crecimiento de semillas.

En la segunda parábola, el foco es cuán grande es el crecimiento de la semilla—grande y quizá sorprendente. La semilla de mostaza es muy pequeña en el principio—sólo 1 o 2 milímetros—pero crece hasta un arbusto que puede ser de casi 3 metros en altura. Y así es el Reino de Dio, nos dice nuestro Señor: aunque empiece pequeñito e insignificante—en el mundo, o en una vida individual—crecerá hasta hacerse muy grande. (more…)

The seed grows: his Kingdom, in his time

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: June 17, 2012
Ezek 17:22-24; Ps 92; 2 Cor 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34

“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God?” our Lord Jesus asks. And we hear two parables from him in our Gospel reading today, both comparing the Kingdom of God to the growth of seeds.

In the second parable, the lesson is the great and perhaps surprising growth of that seed. The mustard seed starts very small—about 1/20 of an inch, or 1 or 2 mm in size—but it grows into a bush that can be 9 feet tall, depending on the variety. And so it is with the Kingdom of God, Jesus tells us: no matter how tiny and insignificant its beginnings might seem—in the world, or in an individual person’s life—it will grow to be very large indeed. (more…)

Pentecost: Do we live out the supernatural unity of the Holy Spirit?

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Pentecost Sunday, Year A: June 11-12, 2011
At the Vigil Mass: Gen 11:1-9; Exod 19:3-8, 16-20; Ezek 37:1-14; Joel 3:1-5; Ps 104; Rom 8:22-27; John 7:37-39
Mass during the Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104; 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23

It was the time of Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks; called in Greek “Pentecost,” which means “50th”—and many of the People of Israel were gathered in Jerusalem. 50 days earlier, they had celebrated the Passover, celebrating when the Lord had delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Now they celebrated when he then gave them the Law at Mount Sinai, for the Law was utterly central to their identity and life. The deliverance and the gift: two events that made them a people and defined their relationship with the Lord.

But that year, it was different. (more…)