La Luz del Mundo viene al Templo

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Presentación del Señor: 2 Febrero 2014
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The Light of the World comes to the Temple

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The Presentation of the Lord: Feb. 2, 2014
Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24; Heb 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

The feast of the Presentation that we celebrate today has traditionally been the conclusion of the Church’s Christmas season. Indeed, it was only about 5 years ago that the Vatican began taking down its Christmas decorations before today! And so today we return to the theme of Christ as the Light of the World.

  • 40 days ago, at the Midnight Mass on Christmas, we heard from the Prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (more…)

La esperanza y la perseverancia en Adviento

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II Domingo de Adviento, Año A: 8 Diciembre 2013
Is 11, 1-10; Sal 71; Rom 15, 4-9; Mt 3, 1-12 (more…)

Advent and the growing spark of hope

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2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 8, 2013
Isa 11:1-10; Ps 72; Rom 15:4-9; Matt 3:1-12

Back in 1950, the residents of the town of Flagstaff Village, Maine, knew that their town would soon be flooded. A dam was being built that would expand the nearby lake, completely covering where their town was then standing. And so plans were being made to move the residents elsewhere, and to clear the land before the flooding.

And during those final months, as one man noted, no repairs were being done. Which is pretty understandable. After all, why paint a wall, or repair a hole, or improve any aspect of a house that will soon be destroyed? So no one did it. They just let them go.

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Surprised by joy

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 23, 2012
Micah 5:1-4; Ps 80; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah had had a long, gray life, filled with a certain sadness. They were good people—sincere and faithful—among the People of Israel, living out lives characterized by faith and treating others decently and fairly. St. Luke tells us that “both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.” (1:6)

But they had never been able to have children. Year after year they had tried, before there was medical science that could discover and heal the problem in Zechariah’s body or Elizabeth’s body. Year after year they had prayed, in a culture that emphasized having children much more than ours does. (more…)

Sharing in Christ’s prophetic office

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 8, 2012
Ezek 2:2-5; Ps 123; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6

In the Old Testament, we see that the People of Israel had three key roles or callings, who helped keep them connected to the Lord:

  • The priest, who taught them the Law and facilitated their offering of sacrifices in the Temple.
  • The king, who led them and organized their society in right and just ways, faithful to the Lord.
  • And the prophet, who spoke for the Lord and constantly called them back to faithfulness to their covenant with him.

Some individuals exercised two of these roles. But our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled all three perfectly, exercising the triple office or triple “munera” of prophet, priest, and king. And because he does, so do we, from our baptism into him. (more…)

Participar del carácter profético de Cristo

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XIV Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 8 Julio 2012
Ez 2, 2-5; Sal 122; 2 Cor 12, 7-10; Mc 6, 1-6

Cuando leemos las páginas del Antiguo Testamento, vemos tres oficios o funciones que ayudaron al Pueblo de Israel en permanecer juntado al Señor:

  • el sacerdote les enseñó la Ley e hizo posible sus sacrificios en el Templo;
  • el rey les guió y arregló su sociedad de una manera correcta y justa, fiel al Señor;
  • y el profeta habló en nombre del Señor y siempre les llamó a regresar a fidelidad a la alianza con él.

Cuando leemos las páginas del Nuevo Testamento, vemos que nuestro Señor Jesucristo cumple perfectamente los tres oficios, los “tria múnera,” del profeta, sacerdote, y rey. Y, porque él lo hace, también nosotros, por nuestro bautismo en él. (more…)