Lecturas: Am 6, 1. 4-7 | Salmo 145, 7. 8-9a. 9bc-10 | 1 Tm 6, 11-16 | Lc 16, 19-31
Un obstáculo al leer esta parábola es el miedo. Algunos hacen énfasis en la salvación del pobre y la condenación del rico. Para otros, se trata de la falsa esperanza de que Dios coloque a cada uno en su sitio mientras que aguantamos lo que nos caiga encima. De este modo, nada cambia. Si reducimos así esta parábola, cedemos a un miedo de Dios que nos aleja de la vida y de la fe....
October 3, 2016Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Oct. 9, 2016
The story of 10 lepers being healed is found only in Luke’s Gospel and represents an event that takes place as Jesus and his apostles are travelling toward Jerusalem. Though short, the account is full of salvific meaning. Numerous scholars have pointed to the geographical difficulty in the description of Jesus “going through the region between Samaria and Galilee,” since no such geographical region exists, but Joseph Fitzmyer, S.J., must be correct when he says the...
Don’t envy the rich and powerful or conspire against your neighbor, but instead nurture the light of faith in your lives. That was Pope Francis’s message in his homily at the Santa Marta Mass on Monday morning.
Reflecting on the reading from St. Luke’s Gospel the pope talked about the many ways in which we hide the light of faith, through jealousy and arguments, by plotting evil against our neighbors or simply by putting off until tomorrow the good that we should do today.
Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Friday. In remarks to the faithful following the readings of the day, the Holy Father reflected on the “logic” of Christian faith—the fundamental way of thinking that arises from real assent to the truth claims that Christianity advances. He describes this logic as shaped by “the day after tomorrow”— it is a logic that looks forward to the resurrection of the body.
Beginning with a passage from the First Letter of Paul...
In a “world that suffers the crisis of a great orphanhood,” we have a mother who accompanies and defends us. That was the message of Pope Francis during the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Gospel of the day brings us to Calvary. All the disciples had fled, except for St. John and a few women. At the foot of the cross is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Everyone is looking at her, saying, “That’s the mother of this delinquent! That is the mother...
September 26, 2016Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Oct. 2, 2016
There are two parts to today’s Gospel reading from Luke, which readers sometimes struggle to connect. In one, the apostles ask for faith from Jesus (17:5-6); the other is a parable about a master and slaves that is found only in Luke’s Gospel. They are connected by more than just proximity, but understanding each of these passages on its own terms allows us to understand how the two parts fit together.
Lecturas: Am 8, 4-7 | Salmo 112, 1-2. 4-6. 7-8 | 1 Tm 2, 1-8 | Lc 16, 1-13
Hoy comenzamos la andadura de esta nueva columna en America . Por primera vez en español, esta organización prestigiosa ofrece un espacio de encuentro con la Palabra de Dios. ¡Una columna en español en America ! Esto es un paso pequeño pero histórico. Y, sobre todo, es un paso que se da con determinación. Este espacio que nace hoy viene para quedarse.
Esta es la verdadera y única...
October 3, 2016
The Yale University Art Gallery and Center for British Art face each other across Chapel Street in New Haven, Conn. They are the closest thing on campus to church, including churches, though I rarely think of anything so lofty when I walk by. It’s where Bill Clinton crossed a picket line to pick up a girl. My own church was News Haven, the newsstand where I spent hours poring over journals.
Dr. John McLaughlin was my patron.
I am at the youngest end of the viewership for “The...
September 19, 2016Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Sept. 25, 2016
If you are not interested in caring for those in need, have no fear, God is on watch for them. Do not worry. The psalmist tells us that “the Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow.” Though God would prefer that we join in on the watch, even if we ignore the plight of those in need, or turn from the suffering, God will not turn away or forget them.
On the other hand, even if you have no particular concern...
September 19, 2016
As children, my older sister and I staged elaborate Barbie doll games. Whenever we played, my sister’s dolls would go off to work, go on dates and generally engage in the adult world as we encountered it. Her dolls would eventually marry one of our two Ken dolls in an extravagant Barbie wedding. My dolls, on the other hand, were always married the moment we began and procreated at an unrealistic pace soon thereafter. Often we would have to draft...