Into the dark waters—and out, into resplendent life!

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night: March 26, 2016

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Such treasure, such joy!

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 27, 2014
1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Matt 13:44-52 (more…)

Ash Wednesday: Now is the day of salvation

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Ash Wednesday: March 5, 2014
Joel 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20–6:2; Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 (more…)

Mother’s Day and your spiritual jewelry

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year B: May 13, 2012
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; Ps 98; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17

As I hear these words of our Lord Jesus on this Mother’s Day weekend, I am struck by how closely they parallel the structure and pattern of love within our human families. For he says: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you… as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love… [so] if you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love.”

Christ is speaking out of his relationship with God the Father: a relationship that has existed from all eternity between these two Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity. He is telling us about his Father and about their relationship; and he is inviting us to be drawn into that relationship, to share in his own divine life. (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…)

God wants to do amazing things in your life—so let him!

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 24, 2011
1 Kg 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Matt 13:44-52

When I was much younger, and I heard these parables from Jesus about the Pearl of Great Price and the Treasure in the Field, I would wonder: How could that possibly work? After all, in the parable, Jesus says that the person who finds the pearl and the treasure “sells all that he has and buys it.” And I would think: He sold everything? His house; his donkey and cart; his tools; his clothes; his food? So now he has nothing at all except this pearl or whatever treasure was buried in the field! Now what? What does he eat? Where does he live? What good would a pearl do for you, if that’s all you had?

But the kingdom of heaven, the Kingdom of God, is different. (more…)

God charges you with the mission of a lifetime

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 24, 2011
1 Kg 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Matt 13:44-52

Young Solomon was nervous. His father, the great King David, had just died after a 40-year reign; and now Solomon had been chosen to succeed him as king, at the young age of—well, Scripture doesn’t specify, but the age 18 or his 20s is a pretty good guess. And now he was faced with, not just surviving palace intrigues to overthrow him; but also the weight and responsibility of governing a vast people justly and well. How would he ever be up to the task?

And, although this moment in Solomon’s life happened some 3000 years ago, we know what it was like, don’t we? For every one of us has faced such moments, perhaps many times. (more…)