Joy in the Lord, even in hard times

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 13, 2015
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Return to me, be reconciled!

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Ash Wednesday: Feb. 18, 2015
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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…)

Mantiene la libertad religiosa encendida

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XIII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 1 Julio 2012
Sab 1, 13-15; 2, 23-24; Sal 29; 2 Cor 8, 7.9.13-15; Mc 5, 21-43

¿Cómo parece la falta de electricidad a la falta de una relación a Dios?

Muchos hemos experimentado esa falta de electricidad desde viernes. Y ¿qué hemos perdido en perder la electricidad? El poder de calentar y cocinar; el poder de enfriar; de encender la luz y poder ver; y en esta era del Internet, nuestra conexión a la información y el conocimiento y a otras personas.

Y parece, ¿no?, a perder nuestra relación a Dios. (more…)

Keep religious liberty turned on

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 1, 2012
Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Ps 30; 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43

“God did not make death,” we hear in our first reading. And yet, through sin, death and disease and illness and injury entered into the good world that he had made. In our Gospel reading, we see our Lord Jesus fairly surrounded by it, as he so often is: the woman afflicted with hemorrhages for 12 years, who many doctors could not cure but only grew worse; the little daughter of the synagogue official Jairus, at the point of death, and then dead; the crowd, weeping and wailing loudly. All of these suffering people: all seeking health and wholeness from this miracle-working prophet, Jesus, who they hope can give them life.

And he does—but with strange actions and strange delays. What does it all mean? And what does it have to do with the electricity being out?