Sunday Reflections

5th Sunday of Lent (A)


Fifth Sunday of Lent (A) John 11:1-45 April 10, 2011

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”

Once, a patient who was under psychiatric treatment, asked his doctor what he should do if he felt a nervous breakdown coming on. He thought that the psychiatrist was going to respond, "Call me immediately." Instead, he said, "Go out and find somebody in trouble and help that person." If you are in pain and see someone who is suffering even more, the consolation you give to that person helps both. When you go to a wake or a funeral to be with somebody who is mourning a dear one, just your presence is a real spiritual and psychological help for your friend. Shakespeare wrote in one of his works, “A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved”.

The Lazarus story tells us that Jesus did not like death. He wept at the grave of his friend. Jesus is the Lord of life and not of death. He came to do battle with death and destroyed it. Ezekiel today gives us this good news from God. "I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel".

4th Sunday of Lent (A)


FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (A) John 9: 1-41                 March 26, 2017

“I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.”

Today we hear a long story of a blind man whose name we do not even know. Probably, what is important is not who that man is, but who the person who opened his eyes is. In the whole chapter 9 of 41 verses, like in a classical theatrical play, we hear the story told in four acts, and a final: First Act: The Rabbi finds a man blind from birth and uses a unhygienic way, mud, to heal him. Second Act: The Pharisees, as Grand Inquisitors, open an exhaustive investigation about the case. Third Act: The new disciple gets a decree of excommunication. Fourth Act: The blind man is also cured of his spiritual blindness. Final Act: A judgment for those who do see and might become blind; and a Great Finale: The Rabbi declares himself as the light of the world.

The presentation stars with a question out of curiosity, and fruit of the Old Testament tradition, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Here Jesus introduces the reason of his sign, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him,” and ends with another question, from the Pharisees, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?” and receive Jesus´ answer to their own real blindness, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ´we see´ so your sin remains.”

2nd Sunday of Lent (A)


SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (A) Matthew 17: 1-9                 March 12, 2017

“Jesus was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white like the light.”

We all have seen, and love those spectacular shows or movies where our favorite singer, actor, or actress appear surrounded by all kind of special sound, light, and makeup effects. But there is something more we admire and are attracted to, and it is the makeup cosmetologists use to give a new dimension of beauty in their faces also the artists are dress up in glamorous fashion. In this way they add a lot of realism to the scene.

Our life and our Christian vocation are a journey of faith; they are a journey because during our lifespan we must walk to our destiny which is God, and during this daily process we experience joys and sorrows, and therefore we need faith. In our journey we have biblical models: Abraham and Sara, our ancestors in the faith, Jesus, our paradigm of faith, and Paul, who enjoys the “Good news” he preaches, but also “Shares the hardships for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.”

3rd Sunday of Lent (A)


THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (A) John 4: 5-42                 March 19, 2017

“Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world; give me living water, that I may never thirst again.”

We human beings are always unsatisfied. We have a great longing. A child wants to be a teenager, the adolescent longs to be an adult, many adults wish to be children again, and some elderly desire they could return to their youth over again. Even in a humoristic way we express this desire. This means we are always thirsty. No matter what we are or what we do, it seems like a kind of sinful restlessness afflicts our society. Sometimes some companies do not accept a new young employee because that person does not have enough experience; but other times a candidate with a large experience is rejected because he or she is too qualified or is too old. I remember once reading a diocese advertisement looking for a youth ministry director with at least ten years of experience, but not older than twenty years of age.

1st Sunday of Lent (A)


FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (A) Matthew 4: 1-11                 March 05, 2017

“Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached him.”

As soon as a person is born until few minutes before his death, he undergoes tests of every sort. The doctors check the newborn to make sure the infant is breathing well and has not physical problems. Periodically parents take their children to be checked about different situations: heart, blood, weigh, intelligence, behavior. From kindergarten to graduation, teachers keep assessing their students. Regularly people pass the test, but sometimes they flunk. Evaluations of different ways are helpful to check our improvement; this is especially true in sports. God also allows the tempter to put us on the test. Like in the case of a physical or psychological test, if we show progress, we feel good; when we overcome temptation our faith becomes stronger.

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