The older brother: just as lost and needing to be found

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 11, 2016
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¿Qué tipo de Rey es nuestro Señor Jesús?

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Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, Año C:
24 Noviembre 2013

2 Sm 5, 1-3; Sal 121; Col 1, 12-20; Lc 23, 35-43 (more…)

This is the King we’ve been looking for!

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C:
Nov. 24, 2013

2 Sam 5:1-3; Ps 122; Col 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43

In about the year 380 B.C., the Greek philosopher Plato wrote the work we know as “The Republic.” And in its opening, he explores a timeless question: we all want good human leaders who can teach us, govern us, guide us, in ways that will help us to grow and prosper, individually and collectively. But where will we find such leaders?

  • For, as we well know, Plato recognizes that so many rulers throughout history have seen their position as an opportunity to exploit the nation and its people for their own gain. That certainly isn’t the kind of ruler that we want!
  • But then, it can be hard to find someone with the right kind of knowledge and ability, who would be able to lead well. (more…)

Jesus’ astonishing mercy

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Nov. 3, 2013
Wis 11:22–12:2; Ps 145; 2 Thess 1:22–2:2; Luke 19:1-10

Our Lord Jesus can be very direct! And what we hear in the Gospel reading today is one of those examples. The people in Jericho are upset—and not just the Pharisees and the scribes this time but, it seems, everyone!—because Jesus has gone to stay in the house of a sinner. And how does he respond? “No, no, it’s not the way it seems… I didn’t mean it that way… I’m just, you know…” No! He says: “Well, of course! That’s the point! The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost. Haven’t you crowds been listening to the Gospel readings the last few weeks?!” (more…)

Surprised by joy

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 23, 2012
Micah 5:1-4; Ps 80; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah had had a long, gray life, filled with a certain sadness. They were good people—sincere and faithful—among the People of Israel, living out lives characterized by faith and treating others decently and fairly. St. Luke tells us that “both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.” (1:6)

But they had never been able to have children. Year after year they had tried, before there was medical science that could discover and heal the problem in Zechariah’s body or Elizabeth’s body. Year after year they had prayed, in a culture that emphasized having children much more than ours does. (more…)

Ascension of the Lord: Christ kicks it up a notch

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Ascension of the Lord, Year B: May 20, 2012
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20

On that first Good Friday, our Lord Jesus suffered, died upon the cross, and was buried. On the third day, that first Easter Sunday, he rose from the dead, his body transformed, the firstfruits of the Resurrection. For the next 40 days, he appeared often to his disciples, teaching them about the Kingdom of God. And then, as we heard in our first reading and our Gospel reading, he ascended into heaven.

Today we celebrate our Lord’s Ascension; and so, we might say, we celebrate his retirement. His work has been accomplished; his earthly life is done; and so it’s time to go back home and sit down and relax. It’s time to retire.

No! Christ’s Ascension was not retirement! (more…)

Levantarlos de las tinieblas

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V Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 5 Febrero 2012
Job 7, 1-4.6-7; Sal 146; 1 Cor 9, 16-19.22-23; Mc 1, 29-39

En la primera lectura, oímos la voz de Job, que ha sufrido mucho. Recordamos que, en el primer capítulo del libro, perdió a todos sus hijos, todas sus posesiones, y su salud corporal—incluso su buena relación con su esposa. Y ahora Job lamenta que sufre meses de infortunio y noches de dolor. Sus noches parecen interminables, sus días demasiado cortos; ha perdido la esperanza de ver la dicha de nuevo.

Y lo entendemos, ¿no? Quizá nosotros también hemos sufrido así; quizá ahora mismo tú sufres. O es probable que conozcas a alguien, o a muchos, que han sufrido mucho infortunio. En tal situación, es fácil sentir sólo, como Job. (more…)

Ascension of the Lord: Where did he go, and why?

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Ascension of the Lord, Year A: June 5, 2011
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20

We heard St. Paul write: May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened. And that is a good prayer on this day when we celebrate our Lord’s ascension. For it is sometimes said that we Western Christians—in comparison to our brethren who are Eastern Orthodox or Eastern Catholics—have a very impoverished understanding of what Christ’s Ascension means. In a sense, we react almost like a small child, who pouts and says, “Why did Jesus have to leave!”—without seeking to understand where he has gone and why. Or, it has been said, that we, in effect, banish him to the past, almost as if we are sealing him back in the tomb; as if he has no effect upon our lives but is simply someone locked in the past, no longer alive in the present. (more…)