Go, tell it! God has acted first, for our transformation.

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2015
Mass at Dawn

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Unto us a child is born—but this one is different!

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Children’s Mass homily
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 24, 2015
Vigil Mass

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La verdad del Viernes Santo

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Viernes Santo de la Pasión del Señor: 29 Marzo 2013
Is 52, 13—53, 12; Sal 30; Heb 4, 14-16; 5, 7-9; Jn 18, 1—19, 42

En el Viernes Santo nos encontramos cara a cara con la pasión, el sufrimiento, de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y es un sufrimiento doloroso y terrible. Nos golpea presenciarlo: oírlo de nuevo, verlo de nuevo, en el drama y la liturgia, en la memoria y la historia.

De hecho, nos horrorizamos al verlo— como hemos escuchado en la primera lectura—porque estaba desfigurado su semblante, que no tenía ya aspecto de hombre… (more…)

The truth of Good Friday

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Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord: March 29, 2013
Isa 52:13–53:12; Ps 31; Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1–19:42

On Good Friday we come face to face with the Passion, the suffering, of our Lord Jesus Christ. And it is terrible, painful suffering. It hits us hard to witness it: to hear it again, to see it again, in drama and liturgy, in memory and history.

Indeed, we are amazed at him—as we heard in the first reading: amazed at him—so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man… (more…)

Jesus has a couple questions for you

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 16, 2012
Isa 50:5-9; Ps 116; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35

Caesarea Philippi is a long way from here—located in what is now called the Golan Heights, to the northeast of the Sea of Galilee, where the states of Israel, Lebanon, and Syria come together. And it was a long time ago that our Lord Jesus led his disciples there, out of the territory of their own Jewish People, into pagan, Gentile territory. And there he, the teacher, asked his disciples a question: “Who do people say that I am?”

It was long ago and far away, but surely that question was just as strange then as it is now. For they, like we, were concerned with violence in their world; they faced economic problems; they were struggling with who should govern their land; on top of their own personal problems. (more…)

¿Qué significa seguir al Mesías?

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XXIV Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 16 Septiembre 2012
Is 50, 5-9; Sal 114; St 2, 14-18; Mc 8, 27-35

Cesarea de Filipo está muy lejos de aquí—en el área ahora conocida como los Altos del Golán, cerca de la frontera de los estados actuales de Israel, Siria, y Líbano. Y fue hace muchos siglos que nuestro Señor Jesús guió a sus discípulos allá, fuera del territorio de su propio Pueblo Judío, hasta territorio gentil y pagano. Y allá el maestro les puso una pregunta a sus discípulos: “¿Quién dice la gente que soy yo?”

Aunque fue hace muchos siglos y muy lejos, seguramente su pregunta pareció tan extraña como ahora. Porque a ellos, como a nosotros, les preocupaban la violencia en su mundo, y los problemas económicas, y la cuestión de quién debería gobernar a su país; y, por supuesto, sus problemas personales. (more…)

The Prodigal Son and the New Evangelization

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 11-12, 2010
Exod 32:7-11, 13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32

There are so many in our world who have lost their way and are far from God. And how will we respond?

This is a question that is posed to several in our readings today. In the first reading it seems that the Lord is testing Moses by saying to him that he intends to destroy the People of Israel, there in the desert, for having turned to an idol—and to instead raise up Moses and make a great nation of him. And what will Moses say to that? And Moses certainly passes the test, because he does not say, “Oh yes, make a great nation of me.” No, he says: show mercy and compassion to your people, (more…)