Love and forgiveness

(I pressed the wrong button on the audio recorder, so there is no mp3 file of this homily.)
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 16, 2013
2 Sam 12:7-10, 13; Ps 32; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Luke 7:36–8:3

In the middle of Luke chapter 7, our Lord Jesus was speaking to a crowd about John the Baptist—a crowd that included some Pharisees. And he said that, whereas they reacted differently to John, they accused Jesus of being “a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” (7:34)  And what then follows immediately in Luke is this story about Jesus being at a dinner, and this contrast as he interacts with a Pharisee and a sinner. (more…)

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Ama a Dios y a tu prójimo con un amor verdadero

¡Resultó que otro sacerdote estaba prevista para celebrar la Misa! Y por esto no hay mp3 de esta homilía.
XXX Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 23 Octubre 2011
Ex 22, 20-26; Sal 17; 1 Tes 1, 5-10; Mt 22,34-40

Los dos mandamientos más grandes, el primero y el segundo, van juntos. Amar al Señor, nuestro Dios, y amar a nuestro prójimo: van juntos.

San Juan nos escribió en su primera carta (4, 20-21):

Si alguno dice: “Amo a Dios” y aborrece a su hermano, a quien ve, no puede amar a Dios, a quien no ve. Además, Jesús nos ha dado este mandamiento: El que ama a Dios, que ame también a su hermano.

Porque ¿cómo podría alguien amar a Dios, mientras que aborrece al que Dios ama? (more…)

Love God with all your heart

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Oct. 23, 2011
Exod 22:20-26; Ps 18; 1 Thess 1:5-10; Matt 22:34-40

“Which commandment in the law is the greatest?” they ask Jesus. By a few centuries later, the rabbis would state in the Talmud that there were 613 commandments—both the negative prohibitions of what not to do and the positive commands of what to do. Which of these is the greatest? And Jesus’ answer is not just the top commandment out of 613, but that upon which the whole law and the prophets depend: the root, the organizing, pervading principle of them all.

And it is love.

It is love: not just a series of tasks to be fulfilled and sins to be avoided. It is love: not the Nirvana sought by Buddhism, (more…)