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May 8, 2017

Today we read from the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John, in which Jesus gives us his teaching on the Good Shepherd.  It is a beloved image for us -- one that speaks of the security, love, and tender care that God shows us in His son.  However, the dominant image in this first part of the chapter focuses on Jesus as the gate for the sheep.  In order for us to have life in abundance, we must go in and out of the gate to find pasture.  How do we do this?  Through the sacraments that He has given us.

May 1, 2017

Hoy oimos la hermosa historia del encuentro de Jesús y los discípulos en el camino a Emaús.  Los discípulos reconocieron a Jesús solamente cuando él les explicó las escrituras y más tarde partió el pan.  Tenemos la misma cosa en cada misa: Nuestro Señor viene a nosotros y comparte su Presencia con nosotros en cada misa.

May 1, 2017

Today's Gospel is a gem for us (Catholic) Christians, in that we hear the story of the disciples and Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  Jesus reveals himself to the disciples by breaking open the Word to them, and then a little later he breaks the bread and gives them his Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  This is exactly what we do at every Mass.  May we recognize the Real Presence of Christ -- Word and Sacrament -- when we gather for the Eucharist together.

Apr 24, 2017

Hoy leemos otra historia de la resurrección, esta vez a los discípulos -- primero sin Tomás, y luego con Tomás presente.  Sí, Santo Tomás tuvo dudas de la resurreción de Jesús, pero todos tenemos dudas de vez en cuando.  De veras, Tomás hace una profesión de fe muy fuerte: "Señor mío, Dios mío."  Ojalá que nosotros confesemos lo mismo.

Apr 24, 2017

On this Second Sunday of Easter (also called "Divine Mercy Sunday") we hear the wonderful story of Jesus' appearance to his disciples -- first without Thomas and then with Thomas present. Thomas, far from being just one who doubts, makes a bold profession of faith: "My Lord and My God!"  We must come to the same faith and make the same profession, so that as St. John says, "We may have life in His Name."

Apr 17, 2017

The Lord is risen! Today we celebrate the greatest mystery of our Christian Faith: Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and lives in glory.  But what is our proof of the resurrection?  Mary Magdalene reports that she saw only an empty tomb.  Yet that was enough for her -- and for the disciples -- to be convinced of the resurrection.  Today there are many 'proofs' of the resurrection, from the millions and millions of followers of Jesus who live the Gospel every day to the martyrs and saints among us to the number of Christians being added to the Church every day.  We, too, are 'proof' of the resurrection.  May we take the Good News to all parts of the world.  Christ is Risen.  Alleluia!

Apr 16, 2017

¡Cristo resucitó!  Hoy celebramos con todo el mundo la resurrección de Jesús.  Pero, ¿dónde es la prueba de la resurrección?  Maria Magdalena encontró un sepulcro vacío.  No hubo prueba física en el primer momento de la resurrección para los discípulos.  No obstante, ellos creyeron y predicaron la Buena Nueva por todos partes.  La iglesia sigue predicando la resurrección de Jesús hoy.  Jesús vive -- dentro de nosotros por su Espíritu Santo, y en la iglesia y sus sacramentos.  Cristo resucitó!  Aleluya!

Apr 14, 2017

We are called to be participants in Jesus' life, death and resurrection; not just observers.  How do we do that?  Through the liturgy we celebrate and through the sacraments of the Church.  We have died to ourselves in baptism and have risen with him to a new way of life.  Let us live like Christ and die like Christ, so that we may be raised with Christ in the Kingdom of God.

Somos participantes en la vida, la pasión, la muerte y la resurrección de Jesús.  Tenemos una conexión con Él por la liturgia y los sacramentos de nuestra fe.  Hay que seguir a Jesús e imitarlo en el mundo hoy.  Entonces, viviremos con Él el su reino.

Apr 10, 2017

(Una homilia corta, porque oímos la historia de la pasión de Cristo según San Mateo).  Esta gran historia de la pasión de Cristo es muy hermosa e importante, y nos muestra cómo Jesús murió en la cruz.  Pero necesitamos compreder "por qué" murió por nosotros, y lo que significa la pasión para nosotros hoy día.  Afortunadamente, la lectura de la carta de San Pablo a los Filipenses nos da la respuesta.  Es preciso ser humilde y obediente como Jesus para entrar con él en el reino de Dios.

Apr 10, 2017

(Shortened homily because of the reading of the Passion from the Gospel of Matthew).  As awesome as the Passion account is, it doesn't help us to understand "why" Jesus endured the cross, or "what it means" for us today.  Thankfully, the reading from Paul's Letter to the Philippians (Phil 2:6-11) puts it all in context.  Like Jesus, we must become humble and obedient while in the flesh, so that we may rise with Him in the Resurrection.

Apr 2, 2017

The story of the resuscitation of Lazarus is a treasure from the Bible.  It teaches us many things about Jesus Christ and ourselves at the same time.  Yes, it ensures us that we who follow the Lord can expect to rise with Him on the last day.  In addition, he continuously calls us to a new life at every moment of every day -- calling out of our tomb of despair, sadness, sin, and doubt.  Let us, like Lazarus, come out of the darkness and embrace the new life that God wishes to give us every day.

Apr 2, 2017

En darnos la historia de la resucitación de Lázaro, Jesús nos enseña que él es, de veras, la resurrección y la vida.  Esperamos la resurrección después de esta vida terrenal.  También sabemos que Dios nos llama a una nueva vida aún ahora.  Cada día nos llama salir de la tumba de desesperación, del sepulcro de nuestros pecados.  Él lo hace por los sacramentos y por su Espíritu Santo.  Que recibamos esta nueva vida con alegría!

Mar 26, 2017

Just like last week's Gospel story of the Woman at the Well, today's reading concerning a miraculous healing.  The story of the Man Born Blind gives us a glimpse of what a true disciple looks like.  Jesus has come into the world to enlighten us; to reveal the Good News and the Father to us.  Once we can "see" who He is, we must confess our belief in him and follow him.  May we, like the man in the Gospel, be healed and converted by Jesus Christ.

Mar 19, 2017

La gran historia de Jesús y la mujer juntos al pozo de Jacob.  Ella es un modelo para nosotros en nuestro discipulado.  También los catecúmenos y candidatos son buenos ejemplos para nosotros en la peregrinación cristiana.  Como ellos, que aprendamos mas de la fe cada día, y que llevemos la Buena Nueva por todas partes del mundo. 

Mar 19, 2017

The story of Jesus and the woman at the well is one of the treasures of our faith.  This Samaritan woman show us what it means to be a disciple and apostle of Jesus:  She learns from him (debating him and asking questions), confesses her belief in him, and then goes off to tell others about Jesus and the Gospel.  Similarly, our Catechumens (Elect) and Candidates are models for us.  Let us pray for them during this time of intense preparation, and let us imitate their faith, their enthusiasm, and their joy in living the Gospel of Christ.

Mar 13, 2017

The Transfiguration of Jesus is a gift given to the disciples and to us, in order to strengthen us in times of trial.  Perhaps it was primarily a gift from the Father to the Son, for Jesus himself struggled mightily during his time with us on earth.  Jesus hears those beautiful words from heaven:  "You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

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