Not a threat: Christ enables us to share in his kingship

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B:
Nov. 22, 2015

Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93; Rev 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

In our Gospel reading, Pontius Pilate had a question for Jesus: “Are you the King of the Jews?”

It is the morning of Good Friday, and the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem have brought Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor, with the accusation that Jesus has claimed this title of king for himself. To Pilate, anyone who calls himself a king is fighting against the Roman government: declaring that he has rightful authority and not them, that others need to follow him and not them. In Pilate’s ears, the word “king” means a subversive rebel leader who must be stopped immediately. And Pilate asks: “Is that what you are? A king?” (more…)

What kind of king is Jesus?

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B: Nov. 25, 2012
Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93; Rev 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

In our Gospel reading today, it is the morning of Good Friday. Jesus had been captured and questioned during the night by the Jewish authorities—but, because they are not authorized to carry out the death penalty, they have brought him to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, seeking his execution. And so we hear Pilate’s initial questioning of Jesus.

He begins by asking, “Are you the king of the Jews?” And do you notice that Jesus does not answer this question directly? Instead, he asks Pilate a question: “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?” Who is questioning, and who is being questioned, has been reversed. Now it is Jesus examining Pilate: his heart, his thoughts, his intentions, his identity. How ready is Pilate to accept Jesus as king? (more…)

Elegido para una misión

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XV Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 15 Julio 2012
Am 7, 12-15; Sal 84; Ef 1, 3-14; Mc 6, 7-13

¿Cómo quieres estar después de 10 años? ¿Dónde quieres estar, y qué quieres estar haciendo? ¿Quién quieres ser, y con quiénes? ¿Qué tipo de éxito quieres? ¿Y cómo alcanzarás ese éxito—por medio de qué fuerzas, habilidades, o recursos? ¿Qué misión personal quieres cumplir? ¿A quién quieres agradar? ¿Quién quieres ser después de 10 años?

Quizá sabes las respuestas exactas; o quizá ya tienes sólo una idea vaga, que podrías clarificar por un tiempo de reflexión. Es muy humano tener un sentido de identidad y de dirección. (more…)

Called, chosen, and changed

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 15, 2012
Amos 7:12-15; Ps 85; Eph 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you want to be, and what do you want to be doing? Who do you want to be? What will count as success? And how will you reach that success—what strengths, skills, resources will you draw upon? What personal mission will you be accomplishing? Who will be pleased and proud of you? Who do you want to be in 10 years?

If you have worked through certain seminars or methods in priorities and time management, you may already have those questions precisely answered and right on the tip of your tongue. If not, you surely have some idea of the answers within you and could work them out with some thought and reflection. It’s pretty basic to being human to have a sense of identity and direction. (more…)

Sharing in Christ’s prophetic office

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 8, 2012
Ezek 2:2-5; Ps 123; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6

In the Old Testament, we see that the People of Israel had three key roles or callings, who helped keep them connected to the Lord:

  • The priest, who taught them the Law and facilitated their offering of sacrifices in the Temple.
  • The king, who led them and organized their society in right and just ways, faithful to the Lord.
  • And the prophet, who spoke for the Lord and constantly called them back to faithfulness to their covenant with him.

Some individuals exercised two of these roles. But our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled all three perfectly, exercising the triple office or triple “munera” of prophet, priest, and king. And because he does, so do we, from our baptism into him. (more…)

Participar del carácter profético de Cristo

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XIV Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 8 Julio 2012
Ez 2, 2-5; Sal 122; 2 Cor 12, 7-10; Mc 6, 1-6

Cuando leemos las páginas del Antiguo Testamento, vemos tres oficios o funciones que ayudaron al Pueblo de Israel en permanecer juntado al Señor:

  • el sacerdote les enseñó la Ley e hizo posible sus sacrificios en el Templo;
  • el rey les guió y arregló su sociedad de una manera correcta y justa, fiel al Señor;
  • y el profeta habló en nombre del Señor y siempre les llamó a regresar a fidelidad a la alianza con él.

Cuando leemos las páginas del Nuevo Testamento, vemos que nuestro Señor Jesucristo cumple perfectamente los tres oficios, los “tria múnera,” del profeta, sacerdote, y rey. Y, porque él lo hace, también nosotros, por nuestro bautismo en él. (more…)