Not a drop to drink?

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 19, 2016
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Ready to pay that price, to gain that treasure

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Oct. 11, 2015
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Jesus’ compassion and mercy

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 19, 2015
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El amor total del Señor: qué significa, qué logra

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XXXI Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 4 Noviembre 2012
Dt 6, 2-6; Sal 17; Heb 7, 23-28; Mc 12, 28-34

A veces, los varios elementos en nuestras vidas se resumen en una decisión muy básica: ¿De qué tratan nuestras vidas? ¿Qué queremos? ¿Qué elegimos?

Cuando yo era un adulto joven, pasé unos años dudando de la fe cristiana en la cual había sido criado, y poniendo preguntas de ella. En mi exploración, leí de unas semejanzas de las prácticas espirituales cristianas y las prácticas espirituales budistas. Pero pude ver que, más allá de las semejanzas, hay una diferencia en los propósitos que ambos persiguen. El budismo busca el nirvana, un estado de la ausencia de dolor, por una ausencia de deseo: un tipo de vaciedad. A diferencia, el cristianismo busca el punto de estar llenado—por el amor. Y, ¿qué buscaría yo: una vaciedad de deseo, o la llenura de amor? (more…)

Empty? Lukewarm? Or full of love?

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 4, 2012
Deut 6:2-6; Ps 18; Heb 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34

When I was in my early 20s, for a number of years I was questioning the Christian faith in which I had been raised. And as I explored, I read that there were many similarities between Christian spiritual practices and Buddhist spiritual practices. And yet, for all the similarities, there was quite a difference when it came to the goals toward which they were striving. Buddhism sought to reach nirvana, a state that is the absence of suffering, through the absence of desire: a sort of emptiness. Christianity, in contrast, sought to reach the point of being filled—with love. What would I seek: an emptiness from desire, or a fullness of love? (more…)

Ven al Pan de la Vida

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XVIII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 5 Agosto 2012
Ex 16, 2-4.12-15; Sal 77; Ef 4, 17.20-24; Jn 6, 24-35

¿Por qué vienes a Misa esta tarde? Como la muchedumbre en la lectura del Evangelio, cada uno has viajado a este lugar—no por barca, como ellos, sino por coche, o quizá por andar. Y, ¿por qué has venido? ¿Buscas a Jesús, como buscaron ellos? ¿Dónde esperas encontrarlo? Y ¿qué esperas recibir de él?

En la semana pasada, oímos que Jesús alimentó milagrosamente a esta muchedumbre de 5000 hombres, sin contar las mujeres y los niños, con cinco panes y dos pescados, hasta que se saciaron. (more…)

Looking for Jesus

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 5, 2012
Exod 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78; Eph 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35

What brings you to Mass today? Like the crowd in the Gospel reading, each of you has traveled to this place—not by boat, but mostly by car, perhaps a few on foot. And why have you come? Are you looking for Jesus, as they were? If so, where do you expect to find him? And what do you hope to receive from him?

Last week, we heard about Jesus miraculously feeding this crowd of 5000 men, plus women and children—multiplying five loaves and two fish so that they could all have as much as they wanted. (more…)