Jesus’ astonishing mercy

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Nov. 3, 2013
Wis 11:22–12:2; Ps 145; 2 Thess 1:22–2:2; Luke 19:1-10

Our Lord Jesus can be very direct! And what we hear in the Gospel reading today is one of those examples. The people in Jericho are upset—and not just the Pharisees and the scribes this time but, it seems, everyone!—because Jesus has gone to stay in the house of a sinner. And how does he respond? “No, no, it’s not the way it seems… I didn’t mean it that way… I’m just, you know…” No! He says: “Well, of course! That’s the point! The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost. Haven’t you crowds been listening to the Gospel readings the last few weeks?!” (more…)

Qué significa perdonar después de un daño terrible

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XXIV Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 11 Septiembre 2011
Sir 27, 30–28, 7; Sal 102; Rom 14, 7-9; Mt 18, 21-35

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo nos habla hoy del tema del perdón. Y el perdón es un tema muy familiar y también muy susceptible para todos. Lo conocemos; y sabemos que a veces es muy difícil cumplir este mandamiento del Señor.

Y oímos sus palabras en un día en lo cual los Estados Unidos, y el mundo, recuerdan los ataques terroristas del 11 de Septiembre, 2001—hace diez años. Fue un día en lo cual este país experimentó lo mismo que otros países y otras gentes han experimentado: una gran herida del terrorismo o alguno otro golpe, que causó mucho dolor, mucho temor, muchas dudas.

Recordando esta tragedia y otras semejantes, quizá nos preguntamos: ¿Cómo se relaciona el perdón con estos? (more…)

September 11 and the truth of forgiveness

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Sept. 11, 2011
Sir 27:30–28:7; Ps 103; Rom 14:7-9; Matt 18:21-35

Today we hear strong teaching from our Lord Jesus on how we must forgive others. And this comes as our nation recalls the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001—ten years ago. As we recall that day, and the days and weeks that followed—a time of pain and fear and uncertainty—we may well wonder: What does forgiveness have to do with that?

For the actions of September 11 caused great harm: physical death for nearly 3000; physical injury for many more; emotional pain and damage, in different degrees, for the entire country and even the world; as well as much physical destruction. They also sparked great fear (more…)

Ash Wednesday: The battle is joined!

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Ash Wednesday: March 9, 2011
Joel 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20–6:2; Matt 6:1-6, 16-18

In this Gospel reading from the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord warns us not to do religious acts in order that people may see them. These are not for them; not for their eyes; not for their praise. They are for our Father in heaven who sees what is hidden.

And yet our Lord so much wants us to do these acts that he doesn’t even explicitly command them here but just takes them for granted: “when you give alms,” “when you pray,” “when you fast.”

And the fact is that these actions are for others. Not for their praise; but for their good, their benefit, their healing, their salvation.

In the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” there is a point when Jesus is carrying the cross, and he falls; (more…)