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…)

Jesús fue bautizado para sobrealimentar el bautismo

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El Bautismo del Señor, Año A: 12 Enero 2014
Is 42, 1-4.6-7; Sal 28; Hch 10, 34-38; Mt 3, 13-17 (more…)

Jesus was baptized to supercharge baptism

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
The Baptism of the Lord, Year A: Jan. 12, 2014
Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29; Acts 10:34-38; Matt 3:13-17

About a month ago, we were in the season of Advent. And as we focused upon preparing ourselves to receive the Lord Jesus at his Second Coming, we turned again to John the Baptist, who prepared people to receive him in his first coming. And we saw that John was preaching repentance, and practicing a baptism of repentance.

  • He preached repentance: a change of life, a turning of oneself, away from sin and what is bad, toward God and what is good. And it is a turning in heart and mind, and in outward action.
  • And he drew people into a baptism of repentance: into themselves entering into this symbolic action that was performed by non-Jews who were converting to become Jewish. (more…)

Will you give the Lord what he asks?

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10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 9, 2013
1 Kgs 17:17-24; Ps 30; Gal 1:11-19; Luke 7:11-17

“Give me your son.” That’s the request that we heard the prophet Elijah make of the widow, in the first reading. And what a strange request it is, when we take it by itself: “Give me your son.” What? You don’t just give your son away to someone else, especially to some stranger who isn’t even part of the family.

And perhaps when you hear that phrase you think, as I do, of the terrible scandals that we have heard about for the last decade or so: of those priests who violated trust in abusing children, and those bishops who failed to adequately protect them. Trust was violated; and so it is that much harder to trust someone else with something as precious as your son—or anything else.

But still the request comes: “Give me your son.” (more…)