Give what you cannot keep, to gain what you cannot lose!

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 22, 2013
Amos 8:4-7; Ps 113; 1 Tim 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13

Today we hear our Lord Jesus tell the parable that is often known as the “dishonest steward.” And this is a parable that often puzzles people. We might wonder: Why does the steward’s master commend him for changing the promissory notes of the debtors? Is Jesus telling us that we should act like the steward; and, if so, how?

It seems that Jesus is shifting between different details of his parable, and different analogies, in a way that can be confusing. But if we dig into this a bit, I think we discover a single, basic message that he is trying to convey to us. (more…)

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¡Dé lo que no puede guardar, para ganar lo que no puede perder!

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XXV Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 22 Septiembre 2013
Am 8, 4-7; Sal 112; 1 Tim 2, 1-8; Lc 16, 1-13

Hoy oímos a nuestro Señor Jesús a la parábola que a menudo se conoce como el “administrador infiel.” Y puede ser una parábola confusa, porque parece que a veces Jesús está cambiando entre los diferentes detalles de su parábola, y diferentes analogías. Pero si pensamos en esto un poco, creo que descubrimos un mensaje único y básico que está tratando de transmitir a nosotros. (more…)

This season, don’t forget the Lord’s gift!

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year B: Dec. 18, 2011
2 Sam 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; Ps 89; Rom 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

How has the season been going for you? Crazy? Full of work? Maybe I should ask: How are you doing on all your Christmas tasks? Almost done? Still making progress? All that shopping, decorating, wrapping, baking, mailing? All those parties and pageants to go to, trips to make, cards to sign? It’s a lot of work, this Christmas season, as most Americans currently observe it—especially for adults. A lot of work to make it a “magical” experience for children; a lot of work to demonstrate to others that you love and appreciate them.

But have you forgotten something? (more…)