Jesus and Newtown

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 3, 2013
Exod 3:1-8, 13-15; Ps 103; 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9

It seems that, at any given time, there is some recent tragedy that weighs upon Americans’ minds. Right now, surely it is the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, last December. Before that, perhaps the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado; the shooting at Virginia Tech; Hurricane Katrina; the 2004 tsunami; September 11; Columbine; and so on, with great historical acts of genocide always looming in background. We feel anger and grief and pain; we ask deep questions, especially of God. And we might even wonder: What if someone had asked Jesus about one of these events? What would he have said? (more…)

Qué significa perdonar después de un daño terrible

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XXIV Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 11 Septiembre 2011
Sir 27, 30–28, 7; Sal 102; Rom 14, 7-9; Mt 18, 21-35

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo nos habla hoy del tema del perdón. Y el perdón es un tema muy familiar y también muy susceptible para todos. Lo conocemos; y sabemos que a veces es muy difícil cumplir este mandamiento del Señor.

Y oímos sus palabras en un día en lo cual los Estados Unidos, y el mundo, recuerdan los ataques terroristas del 11 de Septiembre, 2001—hace diez años. Fue un día en lo cual este país experimentó lo mismo que otros países y otras gentes han experimentado: una gran herida del terrorismo o alguno otro golpe, que causó mucho dolor, mucho temor, muchas dudas.

Recordando esta tragedia y otras semejantes, quizá nos preguntamos: ¿Cómo se relaciona el perdón con estos? (more…)

September 11 and the truth of forgiveness

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Sept. 11, 2011
Sir 27:30–28:7; Ps 103; Rom 14:7-9; Matt 18:21-35

Today we hear strong teaching from our Lord Jesus on how we must forgive others. And this comes as our nation recalls the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001—ten years ago. As we recall that day, and the days and weeks that followed—a time of pain and fear and uncertainty—we may well wonder: What does forgiveness have to do with that?

For the actions of September 11 caused great harm: physical death for nearly 3000; physical injury for many more; emotional pain and damage, in different degrees, for the entire country and even the world; as well as much physical destruction. They also sparked great fear (more…)

A homily on September 11

I don’t write out my weekday homilies beforehand; but every so often I will type them up here afterward, if they seem worth sharing more widely. I used the Mass “in Time of War or Civil Disturbance.”

Today we have the 7th- and 8th-graders with us for Mass. Now most of you are 12 or 13– which means that 8 years ago, on September 11, 2001, you were 4 or 5. The front page of the Washington Post today talks about those who are young enough that you don’t remember the terrorist attacks of that day as your own memory or experience, but now learn about it as a subject in school (article). And so let me say a few words about what made this day so important for Americans.

There had been terrorist attacks in places in the past. But the U.S. had put up safeguards against these, security checks to keep them from happening here. That day, those terrorists pierced through that security. (more…)

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