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The Good News of Judgment

April 5, 2015: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Acts 10:34, 37-43 Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9 ________________________________________________________________________ St Peter makes a strange announcement to us today. We are surrounded by the joy of Christ’s definitive victory over sin and death, a victory we share through our faith and the […]

Joy Amid Suffering — The Paradox of Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23 Philippians 2:6-11 Matthew 26:14–27:66 ________________________________________________________________________ Today we are in the middle of a paradox. On the one hand, we experience great joy. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, throngs of people rejoice. The promised Savior has finally come! The Messiah is here! Redemption is at hand! Then, on the other […]

Jesus Is Our Savior, Not Our Consultant

March 22, 2015: 5th Sunday of Lent Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 Hebrews 5:7-9 John 12:20-33 ________________________________________________________________________ We live in a technology-centered world. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with that. Even advanced technology is morally neutral; it is a useful tool, either for doing good or for doing evil. However, our experience of the power […]

Christians Hope Joyfully for Heaven

March 15, 2015: 4th (Laetare) Sunday of Lent Second Chronicles 36:14-17, 19-2 Psalms 137:1- 6 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 ________________________________________________________________________ Today is “Laetare Sunday” the Sunday in which the entrance antiphon of the liturgy begins with the word “Laetare.” “Laetare” means “rejoice.” Midway through our Lenten journey towards Christ’s Passion and Resurrection, the Church invites […]

God’s Perspective Includes the Cross

March 8, 2015: 3rd Sunday of Lent Exodus 20:1-17 Psalms 19:8-11 First Corinthians 1:22-25 John 2:13-25 _________________________________________________________________________ One of the main themes of Lent is the Cross; and one of the great preachers of the Cross is St Paul. In today’s Second Reading we just heard one of St Paul’s most famous lines about the […]

Jesus Is the Answer

March 1, 2015: 2nd Sunday of Lent Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18 Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-19 Romans 8:31-34 Mark 9:2-10 _________________________________________________________________________ Jesus gave His three closest followers, Peter, James, and John, a supernatural experience of His glory, an experience from which God wants us to learn. The transfiguration unveils for a shining moment Christ’s divinity, […]

We Are Citizens of the Kingdom of God

February 22, 2015: 1st Sunday of Lent Genesis 9:8-15 Psalms 25:4-9 First Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 _________________________________________________________________________ We just heard the first sermon that Christ gives in the Gospel of Mark. In it, He immediately brings up His favorite subject: the Kingdom of God. Throughout all four Gospels, Jesus is constantly talking about the Kingdom […]

Confidence and Humility Strengthen Our Prayer Life

February 15, 2015: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 Psalms 32:1-2, 5, 11 First Corinthians 10:31–11:1 Mark 1:40-45 _________________________________________________________________________ In today’s world, we can all use help with our prayer life, and the leper in today’s Gospel passage gives it to us. He reminds us of two key elements in a healthy life […]

Daily Prayer: An Essential Ingredient

February 8, 2015: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Psalms 147:1-6 First Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 Mark 1:29-39 _________________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ is God-become-man in order to enable the fallen human race to find its way back to God. His human nature was infused with the power of His divine person. We see this, for […]

The Devil Is Real

February 1, 2015: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9 First Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 _________________________________________________________________________ Already in the first chapter of St Mark’s Gospel, we witness a dramatic encounter between Christ and the devil. The devil makes his appearance through one of his slaves, a demon who has taken possession of […]