Surprised by blessing upon blessing

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 20, 2015
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La Luz del Mundo viene al Templo

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Presentación del Señor: 2 Febrero 2014
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The Light of the World comes to the Temple

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The Presentation of the Lord: Feb. 2, 2014
Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24; Heb 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

The feast of the Presentation that we celebrate today has traditionally been the conclusion of the Church’s Christmas season. Indeed, it was only about 5 years ago that the Vatican began taking down its Christmas decorations before today! And so today we return to the theme of Christ as the Light of the World.

  • 40 days ago, at the Midnight Mass on Christmas, we heard from the Prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (more…)

Recuerda quién te liberó

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III Domingo de Cuaresma, Año B: 11 Marzo 2012
Ex 20, 1-17; Sal 18; 1 Cor 1, 22-25; Jn 2, 13-25

En el principio de los Diez Mandamientos, oímos que el Señor recuerda a su Pueblo quién es y quiénes son, por todo lo que les ha hecho. “Yo soy el Señor, tu Dios, que te sacó de la tierra de Egipto y de la esclavitud.” “Yo lo he hecho. Tú no te liberaste a ti mismo; ni ningún otro dios ni criatura. Yo te liberé. Yo te rescaté. Yo los formé a ustedes como un pueblo. Yo los guardé, yo los guié. Y yo les doy la tierra prometida. No lo hizo ningún otro, ni en el cielo, ni en la tierra, ni en el agua, ni debajo de la tierra. Yo te doy la plenitud del gozo. Yo te doy la integridad. Entonces no te vayas buscando a otros. Busca a mí.” (more…)

Time for a little temple cleaning!

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B: March 11, 2012
Exod 20:1-17; Ps 19; 1 Cor 1:22-25; John 2:13-25

Our Lord Jesus understood human nature very well. But sometimes we need to take a closer look at ourselves: to look into our hearts and souls and see what’s going well, what’s going badly; what may have slipped, what needs to be improved; what needs to be brought to our Lord in sacramental confession, so that he can forgive and heal us. And Lent is a special season of the year for that. (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…)

Epiphany: Come Be My Light

Epiphany: Jan. 3, 2010
Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12

This homily was given to a local house of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. My digital voice recorder mysteriously stopped recording just a couple minutes into the homily, so there is no mp3 of this one.

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Two years ago, a collection of letters written by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was published as a book. The title was “Come Be My Light”; and I’m sure that many people assumed, as I did, that this title was a prayer by Mother Teresa to our Lord, asking him to come and be her light. And if one assumed further that she prayed these words in India, then she would have borne quite a resemblance to the magi from the east who we see arrive in Jerusalem in today’s gospel reading, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”

The arrival of the magi, who were seeking the light of the newborn Messiah, was a pivotal moment in a long history—both a completion and a signal of a new beginning. (more…)