Neither condoning nor condemning: encounter Christ’s mercy and be transformed

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 13, 2016
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Girar de cisternas agrietadas a la Fuente de aguas vivas

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V Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 17 Marzo 2013
Is 43, 16-21; Sal 125; Flp 3, 8-14; Jn 8, 1-11

El encuentro con nuestro Señor Jesús es una experiencia inolvidable. Conocerlo por primera vez, o encontrarlo otra vez en una forma nueva, es algo que nunca olvidaremos. Seguramente la mujer acusada, cuya historia se cuenta en la lectura del Evangelio de hoy, nunca olvidó a este hombre que literalmente le salvó la vida y probablemente cambió su curso de vida a partir de aquel momento.

Claro que no es el caso que todos nosotros conocimos a Jesús de una manera tan dramática. De hecho, para muchos de nosotros, la primera vez que lo conocimos es un momento que no podemos recordar, porque éramos niños cuando lo conocimos en el bautismo: (more…)

Turning from broken cisterns to the Source of living waters

This is a translation of the Spanish homily that I preached on this Sunday.
5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 17, 2013
Isa 43:16-21; Ps 126; Phil 3:8-14; John 8:1-11

Encountering our Lord Jesus is an unforgettable experience. To meet him for the first time, or to meet him in a new way, is something we never forget. Surely the accused woman whose story is told in our Gospel reading today never forgot this man who literally saved her life and probably changed its course from then on.

Not all of us meet Jesus in such a dramatic fashion. Indeed, for many of us, the first time we met him is a time we cannot remember, because we were infants when we met him in baptism: (more…)

The courage to be a forgiven sinner

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 17, 2013
Isa 43:16-21; Ps 126; Phil 3:8-14; John 8:1-11

In response, they went away one by one… until Jesus was left alone with the woman before him. Our Lord Jesus had not told any member of that group to leave; he also had not told any to stay. Yet all of the accusing Pharisees left; while the accused woman stayed there with Jesus. Why? What made the difference?

It’s not very difficult to see: the situation of each one had changed, in a way that made many want to leave, and one want to stay.

  • The Pharisees had arrived in a powerful position: righteous; pointing the finger (more…)

Mercy pours forth, in compassion and help

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Our Lady of Mercy: Sept. 24, 2011
Isa 61: 1-3, 10-11; Luke 1:46-55; Eph 2:4-10, 13; John 19:25-30, 32-34

For the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., on their feast day.

“And then there were two,” St. Augustine wrote. He was commenting upon the passage in the Gospel of John, chapter 8, when the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery to Jesus and made her stand in the middle. And they asked him whether she should be stoned, in accordance with the Law of Moses. And then, after he responded, they went away one by one, until he was left alone with the woman before him. “And so there were two left— relicti sunt duo, misera et misericordia—the miserable and the merciful.” (more…)

Jesus, the woman caught in adultery, and true forgiveness

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 20, 2010
Isa 43:16-21; Ps 126:1-6; Phil 3:8-14; John 8:1-11

Consider this stream of thought. It might sound familiar. “If other people found out some of the things that I have done, what would they think of me? What would they say to me? What would they say to each other? If they knew the truth of what I have done behind closed doors, because it felt good, at least for a moment; if they knew what I’ve done to other people in my job, or what I’ve seen others do, without saying a word about it; what would they do to me? Would they recoil in horror? Would it be the end—the end of our friendship; the end of my employment; the end of my family; the end of any respect and love at all? If they knew the truth about me, what would they do?”

These are questions that probably every person here has asked sometime—perhaps many years in the past; perhaps at this very moment, right here, during Mass. (more…)

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