Live your faith like an Olympic champion

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 14, 2016
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Ash Wednesday: Now is the day of salvation

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Ash Wednesday: March 5, 2014
Joel 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20–6:2; Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 (more…)

¡Despierte y prepárese para el Adviento del Señor!

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I Domingo de Adviento, Año A: 1 Diciembre 2013
Is 2, 1-5; Sal 121; Rom 13, 11-14; Mt 24, 37-44 (more…)

Wake up and get ready for the Advent of the Lord!

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 1, 2013
Isa 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rom 13:11-14; Matt 24:37-44

A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of our classes in the school; and in their religion textbook they were beginning a chapter entitled “Christ Will Come Again.” It was a chapter that presented to them this truth that we believe and that we profess each week: that Jesus will come again in glory; that we look forward to his Second Coming.

And this is the primary focus of Advent. The word “Advent” itself comes from the Latin for coming or arrival: it is Jesus’ coming, his Second Coming, that we called to look forward to, and to prepare for. (more…)

Un Adviento hermoso y transformativo

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I Domingo de Adviento, Año C: 2 Diciembre 2012
Jr 33, 14-16; Sal 24; 1 Tes 3, 12—4, 2; Lc 21, 25-28.34-36

Cuando leemos los libros de los profetas en el Antiguo Testamento, antes de la venida de Cristo, vemos muchas referencias al “Día del Señor.” Y, por la referencia primera, en el libro del profeta Amós, podemos discernir que ya hubo una esperanza popular de que, cuando llegara ese día, sería un día de bendiciones para ellos, un día de luz, un día de recompensas. Y respondió Amós: “¡Ay de los que desean el día del Señor! ¿Para qué quieren este día del Señor? Será de tinieblas y no de luz.” (Am 5, 18)

Y, por los profetas, fue revelado que el Día del Señor tendrá dos aspectos: castigo para los pecadores, y salvación para los justos. Y oímos esto también de nuestro Señor Jesús, en la lectura del Evangelio de hoy, cuando habla de su Segunda Venida. (more…)

Advent: Be vigilant, be prepared, live in expectation!

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 2, 2012
Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25; 1 Thess 3:12–4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

When we read in the books of the prophets in the Old Testament, before the coming of Christ, we find many references to the “Day of the Lord.” Indeed, from the very first reference, in the book of the prophet Amos, we can tell that there was already a popular expectation among the people that, when this day came, it would be a positive day of blessing for them, a day of light, a day when the Lord would make everything good for his People. And Amos responded: “Woe to those who yearn for the day of the Lord! What will this day of the Lord mean for you? Darkness and not light!” (Amos 5:18ff)

And what we then see unfolded more clearly by the prophets is the understanding that the Day of Lord will have two sides to it: punishment for sinners, and salvation for the righteous. And this is what we also hear in the words of our Lord Jesus in today’s Gospel reading, about his Second Coming. (more…)

Christ the King: If these are the rules of life, then play the game to win!

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Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Year A: Nov. 20, 2011
Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Matt 25:31-46

Think for a moment of some examples of competitive games that are based upon life itself.

  • You might think of the board game The Game of Life, in which you drive your little plastic car around the board, spinning the wheel and making choices about education, career, family, and retirement.
  • Or you might think of computer strategy games like Civilization or Age of Empires, in which, on a much larger scale, you guide the development of an entire society, making choices about farming, industry, the military, and cultural development.
  • Or you might think of any of the plethora of reality television shows (more…)

Nunca es demasiado tarde, aún a la hora undécima

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XXV Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 18 Septiembre 2011
Is 55, 6-9; Sal 144; Flp 1, 20-24.27; Mt 20, 1-16

Nuestro Señor es muy bueno, muy generoso, dice Jesucristo.

Como el propietario en su parábola, podría salir sólo muy de madrugada. Y es verdad que sale tan temprano y llama tan temprano—en la historia de un pueblo, en la vida de una persona. Llama tan temprano, en la niñez, en la juventud—y hay unos que lo oyen y lo siguen desde aquella edad hasta la hora de su muerte. Así como hubo algunos obreros en la parábola que estaban en la plaza de madrugada, y así empezó trabajar en su viña temprano.

Y eso podría haber sido el fin del cuento. Pero no fue. (more…)

The Lord keeps calling, and it’s never too late to answer

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Sept. 18, 2011
Isa 55:6-9; Ps 145; Phil 1:20-24, 27; Matt 20:1-16

“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.”

I love the fact that it is at the 7 a.m. Mass that we are hearing this line in this parable from our Lord Jesus. For we too were up before dawn this morning; probably the sunrise occurred while you were driving here! And why is it that you went out at dawn to attend this 7 a.m. Mass? Probably because you have plans for your day; because you want to do certain activities at certain times and in a certain order. For many of you, you are especially thinking of just when you want to be on the golf course.

And so it is with the landowner in Christ’s story; and with the first laborers that he found. (more…)