How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: August 16, 2015
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When Jesus came into St. Joseph’s life

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 22, 2013
Isa 7:10-14; Ps 24; Rom 1:1-7; Matt 1:18-24

St. Joseph was a righteous man. He knew the Law that the Lord God had given to his People, and he wanted to follow it: to do what was right and just, toward God and toward other people; to do what was good; to do what was holy. And he was betrothed—formally contracted to marry—a very good and holy young woman named Mary.

St. Joseph may have been a young man, somewhere around 20 years old, energetic and just getting started in life. Or he may have been an older man, a widower, with some number of sons and daughters who would be known as the brothers and sisters of Jesus. (more…)

Cuando vino Jesús a la vida de San José

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IV Domingo de Adviento, Año A: 22 Diciembre 2013
Is 7, 10-14; Sal 23; Rom 1, 1-7; Mt 1, 18-24 (more…)

Recibir el amor de tal don

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XX Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 19 Agosto 2012
Pr 9, 1-6; Sal 33; Ef 5, 15-20; Jn 6, 51-58

Hace un siglo, el escritor Ernest Thompson Seton publicó un libro que incluyó una historia que vino de hace unas décadas. En la zona del Ártico, en un invierno, un grupo de indios algonquinos murieron de hambre—todos, menos una mujer y su bebé. Llevando a su bebé, ella empezó a caminar hacia un lugar donde podrían recibir ayuda. Llegaron en un lago, y allí encontró equipo, incluyendo un sedal; y hubo peces en el lago; pero no tuvo cebo. Y estaban muriendo de hambre. Por lo tanto, usando un cuchillo, la mujer cortó de su propio muslo una tira de carne, y puso su propia carne como cebo en el anzuelo, para coger el primer pescado. Y así ellos sobrevivieron—y siempre después la mujer tuvo una cicatriz en su muslo de donde había sacado su propia carne. (more…)

“My flesh for the life of the world”

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 19, 2012
Prov 9:1-6; Ps 34; Eph 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

100 years ago, the author Ernest Thompson Seton published a book that included a story from a few decades earlier. Up in the Arctic, one winter a group of Algonquin Indians all starved to death—except for one woman and her baby. She took her baby and set out to reach a place where they could find help. They made it as far as a lake, where she found some equipment, including a fishing line; and there were fish in the lake; but no bait. They were starving. So the woman took a knife and cut a strip of flesh from her own thigh, and used her own flesh to bait that hook and catch the first fish. And they survived—and ever after the woman always had a scar on her thigh from where she had cut out her own flesh.

This is a striking story. And don’t we instantly understand just how great a love that woman had for her baby? And how remarkable it would be to give your own flesh to feed someone you love? Or to be the recipient of that kind of love? (more…)