Hearts like the Good Shepherd, embracing every nation, race, people, and tongue

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 17, 2016
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Conocer la voz del Buen Pastor

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IV Domingo de Pascua, Año A: 11 Mayo 2014
Hch 2, 14.36-41; Sal 22; 2 Pe 2, 20-25; Jn 10, 1-10 (more…)

Recognizing the voice of the Good Shepherd

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 11, 2014
Acts 2:14, 36-41; Ps 23; 1 Pet 2:20-25; John 10:1-10 (more…)

The joy of the Prodigal Father

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 10, 2013
Josh 5:9-12; Ps 34; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Where is the most joyful place on earth? On this Laetare Sunday, nicknamed for rejoicing, where might we find joy? Where would we look for it? Where do we expect it most? …I’ll come back to that question.

In our Gospel reading today, we hear one of our Lord Jesus’ most famous parables—which is often called the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Now “prodigal” is one of those words we don’t use a lot in English today, except when we are speaking about this very parable; and so, for that reason, the word has partly changed meaning, so that some speak of a prodigal as “one who has returned after an absence.” But that isn’t the original meaning of the word, which instead means one who spends lavishly or wastefully. And so this parable takes its name from the way that the younger son lavishly spent all of his inheritance while away in the distant country: the prodigal son. (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…)

Good shepherds under the Good Shepherd

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 14-15, 2011
Acts 2:14, 36-41; Ps 23; 1 Pet 2:20-25; John 10:1-10

In the pages of the Old Testament, leading up to Jesus, we often find shepherds and sheep spoken of. Sometimes these are literal shepherds taking care of literal sheep—a common enough experience in the Holy Land! But other times it is a figure of speech, where the flock is the People of Israel; and the shepherds are those who care for them.

Leaders like Joshua, the judges, King David, and later kings are either called shepherds or else described in a way that compares them to what shepherds do. And the place where we find this imagery most developed is in the prophets: when the Lord is denouncing the failure of those leaders to shepherd his People. (more…)