The older brother: just as lost and needing to be found

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 11, 2016
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Shame, two sons, and the sacrament of joy

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 6, 2016
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Lázaro, el Hijo Pródigo, y usted

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XXVI Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 29 Septiembre 2013
Am 6, 1.4-7; Sal 145; 1 Tim 6, 11-16; Lc 16, 19-31

Hoy escuchamos de nuestro Señor Jesús, la parábola del hombre rico y Lázaro. Y hay algunos puntos en los cuales esta parábola se parece a una que oímos hace dos semanas. ¿Le dio cuenta de que Lázaro, yaciendo a la entrada de la casa del hombre rico, ansiaba llenarse con las sobras que caían de la mesa del rico? Oímos esas mismas palabras acerca del Hijo Pródigo: que, después de que había gastado toda su herencia, y cayó en desgracia y tuvo que tomar un trabajo de alimentación de los cerdos, ansiaba llenarse de las bellotas que comían los cerdos. (Lc 15, 16) ¿Y se acuerda de la celebración que pasó en esa parábola, y cómo el padre hablaba de cómo había que celebrar? (Lc 15, 23.24.29.32) Esta es la misma palabra que describe lo que hacía el hombre rico de la parábola todos los días. (more…)

Lazarus, the Prodigal Son, and you

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 29, 2013
Amos 6:1, 4-7; Ps 146; 1 Tim 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

Today we hear from our Lord Jesus the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. And there are some points in which this parable resembles one that we heard a couple weeks ago. Did you notice that Lazarus, lying at the rich man’s door, longed to eat his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table? We heard that same language about the Prodigal Son: who, after he had spent all of his inheritance, and fell on hard times, and had to take a job feeding pigs, longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed. (Luke 15:16) And do you remember the celebration that happened in that parable, and how the father spoke of how it was necessary to celebrate? (Luke 15:23, 24, 29, 32) This is the same word that describes what the rich man in this parable did every day. (more…)

The joy of the Prodigal Father

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 10, 2013
Josh 5:9-12; Ps 34; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Where is the most joyful place on earth? On this Laetare Sunday, nicknamed for rejoicing, where might we find joy? Where would we look for it? Where do we expect it most? …I’ll come back to that question.

In our Gospel reading today, we hear one of our Lord Jesus’ most famous parables—which is often called the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Now “prodigal” is one of those words we don’t use a lot in English today, except when we are speaking about this very parable; and so, for that reason, the word has partly changed meaning, so that some speak of a prodigal as “one who has returned after an absence.” But that isn’t the original meaning of the word, which instead means one who spends lavishly or wastefully. And so this parable takes its name from the way that the younger son lavishly spent all of his inheritance while away in the distant country: the prodigal son. (more…)

The Prodigal Son and the New Evangelization

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 11-12, 2010
Exod 32:7-11, 13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32

There are so many in our world who have lost their way and are far from God. And how will we respond?

This is a question that is posed to several in our readings today. In the first reading it seems that the Lord is testing Moses by saying to him that he intends to destroy the People of Israel, there in the desert, for having turned to an idol—and to instead raise up Moses and make a great nation of him. And what will Moses say to that? And Moses certainly passes the test, because he does not say, “Oh yes, make a great nation of me.” No, he says: show mercy and compassion to your people, (more…)