La ceguera, la vista, y la Luz del Mundo

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IV Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 10 Marzo 2013
1 Sm 16, 1.6-7.10-13; Sal 23; Ef 5, 8-14; Jn 9, 1-41

El sentido de la vista es algo que valoramos muy positivamente. A veces, los adolescentes y estudiantes universitarios se preguntan unos a otros: “Si tuvieras que perder uno de sus cinco sentidos, ¿cuál sería?” Y, finalmente, la cuestión avanza a los dos sentidos que la mayoría de la gente valora más: la vista y el oído. Y se preguntan: “Si tuvieras que perder la vista o el oído, ¿cuál sería?” Es una decisión difícil de hacer; pero la mayoría de la gente elegirá a perder su oído y mantener su vista.

Porque nuestra vista nos comunica mucho del mundo que nos rodea. Nos permite detectar el peligro y defender en contra de ella; saber dónde ir y dónde no ir; saber quién y qué está cerca de nosotros, y muchas cosas acerca de ellos. Ser ciego, en comparación, implica funcionar con mucho perdido. (more…)

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To see, and to see more deeply

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 18, 2012
1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

The sense of sight is something we value very highly. Sometimes teenagers and college students will ask each other the question, “If you had to lose one of your five senses, which one would it be?” And eventually the question progresses to the two senses that most people value most highly: sight and hearing. And they ask, “If you had to lose your sight or your hearing, which would it be?” It’s a tough call to make; but most people will choose to lose their hearing and keep their sight. (more…)

You have been chosen. You have been called.

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Jan. 15, 2012
1 Sam 3:3-10, 19; Ps 40; 1 Cor 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42

Can you imagine what it would have been like to be young Samuel that night, when he realized that it was the Lord himself speaking to him? And that this was the beginning of his calling to be a prophet—which would change the rest of his earthly life. How that night would have stood out in his memory! The night that everything changed.

Or can you imagine being the young shepherd boy David, when the much older Samuel came to anoint him as king of Israel? Or Moses, when the Lord asked him from the burning bush to set his people free? (more…)