De quien recibe nombre toda paternidad

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Santísima Trinidad, Año A: 15 Junio 2014
Ex 34, 4-6.8-9; Dn 3; 2 Cor 13, 11-14; Jn 3, 16-18 (more…)

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From whom all fatherhood is named

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Most Holy Trinity, Year A: June 15, 2014
Exod 34:4-6 8-9; Dan 3:52-54, 56; 2 Cor 13:11-13; John 3:16-18 (more…)

Discovering that Jesus is God, and that God is three

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
Most Holy Trinity, Year C: May 26, 2013
Prov 8:22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the truth of the Most Holy Trinity: the great truth that the God we worship is one God in three persons: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. That God is three, in one way, and is one, in another way: that God is three distinct divine persons, one divine nature, one divine substance.

And we know that this is a distinctively Christian truth. Each Mass begins with the words, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Each person is baptized with the words: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (more…)

Descubrir que Jesús es Dios, y que Dios es tres

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La Santísima Trinidad, Año C: 26 Mayo 2013
Pr 8, 22-31; Sal 8; Rom 5, 1-5; Jn 16, 12-15

Hoy celebramos la verdad de la Santísima Trinidad: la gran verdad de que el Dios que adoramos es un solo Dios en tres personas: el Padre, el Hijo y el Espíritu Santo. Que Dios es tres, de una manera, y es uno, de otra manera: que es tres personas divinas distintas, una naturaleza divina, una substancia divina.

Y sabemos que esta es una verdad distintivamente cristiana. Cada Misa comienza con las palabras: “En el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.” Cada persona es bautizada con las palabras: “Yo te bautizo en el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.” (more…)

What do you do with the mystery of the Trinity?

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Most Holy Trinity, Year C: May 26, 2013
Prov 8:22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. But what is a mystery? In books of fiction, a mystery is often a puzzle related to a crime that a detective is supposed to solve. But when we speak about the faith, it means something different. From what I have heard, it is something that you say when you want a child to stop asking questions! “No, I don’t know who or why or how! It’s a mystery. Beat it, kid!”

But, of course, that’s not really what a mystery of the faith is. A mystery is something that is initially out of reach of our human reason— (more…)

Sigue a Cristo en el agua del bautismo

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El Bautismo del Señor, Año C: 13 Enero 2013
Is 42, 1-4.6-7; Sal 28; Tit 2, 11-14; 3, 4-7; Lc 3, 15-16.21-22

Cuando viajamos como pelegrinos cristianos a la Tierra Santa, uno de los sitios que buscamos es el del bautismo de nuestro Señor Jesús. Sabemos que San Juan Bautista bautizaba en el río Jordán, y hay unos puntos a lo largo del Jordán que se sugieren como sitios posibles. Y cuando llegamos, normalmente queremos tocar el agua, o aún entrar en el agua. Hay algunos que son bautizados allí en el Jordán—o probablemente rebautizados, si son cristianos que no entienden como nosotros que el bautismo es un evento transformativo de una sola vez y no repetible. Pero es natural querer seguir a Cristo en el agua. (more…)

Follow Christ into the waters of baptism

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The Baptism of the Lord, Year C: Jan. 13, 2013
Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29; Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

When Christian pilgrims visit the Holy Land, one of the many sites that we seek out is the location where our Lord Jesus was baptized. We know that John the Baptist was baptizing in the Jordan River, and there are a few different spots along the Jordan that are suggested as possible locations. One of these is a location in the present-day country of Jordan, called “Al Maghtas,” just a little to the east of the current course of the Jordan River, where excavations in the mid-1990s uncovered the remains of a number of church buildings built starting around 500 AD to mark this very spot. (more…)

The wellspring of thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 22, 2012
Sir 50:22-24; Ps 145; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Luke 17:11-19

A week or two ago, I received the latest newsletter from the Saint Luke Institute, which helps priests and religious sisters who have run into psychological difficulties. And the article on the front page was written by none other than Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA (who was recently resident in this parish for a couple years and is a member of their clinical staff). In this article, he spoke about “positive psychology,” which, rather than focusing upon psychological illness, instead studies what it takes for human beings to grow and function well and thrive. Toward the end of the article, he passed on two specific tips:

  • Count your blessings: Every evening for one week, write down three things that went well during the day. This can help refocus your thoughts on the positive, rather than the negative, and enhance your well-being. (more…)

In the heart of the Trinity

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9th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

In my last homily in this series, we saw that, in the Mass, we join with all the saints and angels in heaven, and lead all humanity and all creation back to the Father. All of heaven and earth united: what a place to be! And yet, the Mass takes us somewhere even deeper than that.

For our Lord Jesus Christ saves us by bringing us into himself: uniting us with him, joining us to him, making us like him. This is why St. Paul so often speaks of being “in Christ”; this is why he wrote, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) And so, in the Mass, he brings us to the deepest place possible: to the heart of the Trinity. (more…)