Gracias a Rocío González por las traducciones al español

Eighteenth Sunday / Domingo XVIII

Remember Carly Simon’s song back in the 70’s, “You’re So Vain?” The word “vanity” has come to mean inflated pride in oneself or in one’s appearance. But the original meaning of the word is the one intended in the First Reading: something that is empty or valueless. “In vain” comes closer to the meaning. So […]

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Sixteenth Sunday / Domingo XVI

Have you ever stopped to think about how crazy we can become trying to do something productive with every spare moment of our time? Filling life with activity doesn’t necessarily fill it with meaning. In fact, God doesn’t want us to fill all the vacant moments of our days with activity, or to fill every […]

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Fifteenth Sunday / Domingo XV

As the Gospel opens, there is a discussion between Jesus and a scholar of the law about the “Shema,” a summary of the law known to every Jew. Note how often the word “all” occurs. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and […]

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Pentecost / Pentecostes

The First Reading speaks of the Holy Spirit using two images: rushing wind and tongues of fire. It also brings us to the root meaning of the word “spirit.” For “spirit” refers to “breath.” So the Spirit of God is the breath of God. Genesis speaks of this saying: the Spirit of God was moving […]

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Easter / Pascua

“As the first day of the week was dawning…” Note that as this Gospel of Easter morning begins, it is still quite dark. With hope, the new day was dawning. But next, there is a great earthquake! Frightening as it may seem, it serves only to draw these women deeper into the Paschal mystery and […]

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Palm Sunday / Domingo de Ramos

The man they mocked wasn’t much to look at. His body was whip-torn flesh, yanked away from the bone. His face was a mask of blood and spit; eyes puffy and swollen. “King of the Jews” was painted over his head. A crown of thorns pierced his scalp. His lip was split. Maybe his nose […]

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Most of us are quite familiar with today’s Gospel. In this story, most of us focus on the younger, and obviously sinful son, rather than the older one. This is interesting because it would seem that the Lord Jesus has His focus on the older son. The parable is addressed to the scribes and Pharisees, […]

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8th Sunday / Domingo VIII

Immediately before this Gospel passage, as we heard last week, Jesus says, “Stop judging and you will not be judged.” And then today he illustrates this command with an image: “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?” Part of the message is […]

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Sixth Sunday / VI Domingo

We just heard Jesus speak of the great reversal that will one day come for many. I am sobered by it, when I consider how blessed I have been in this life. I am also consoled by it, when I struggle to understand why some people in this world seem to suffer so much. Life […]

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Fourth Sunday / IV Domingo

When each of us was baptized, we were baptized into the order of the prophet, as Jesus was priest, prophet, and king. Prophets are those who speak for God. They Love God and His people. They speak the truth of God to His people. They do so not to win an argument, but because only […]

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