Sunday Reflections

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B) Mark 9: 30-37

September 23, 2018

“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all”.

Parents usually say that their children are so tender and lovable up to certain age, before they go to school. But when they get registered and join school, they get registered and join also in the world of competition; they lose simplicity because parents at home and teachers at school teach them, you have to be number one in your class, and in case they fail, we tell them, you have to be like your big brother or big sister. We compare them and we push them to be competitive. Our youngsters end up thinking that their value depends on success. No wonder, the apostles in today Gospel argue among themselves “Who was the greatest;” no wonder when we grow up, we are the same. So many times we strive neither just for doing things our best nor for service.

When someone is sharing with us a big pain or trouble, the least thing we can do is listening carefully, and offering support to that person. On the contrary, we hear in today´s Gospel that Jesus tells his disciples that he must suffer and die, "But they did not understand what he said." I do not know if a psychotherapist would tell us the apostles were “blocking out understanding.” It was not a matter of lacking rational understanding, but unwillingness to hear unpleasant news. However, we should not put the blame on the twelve apostles; we should also take the blame for, since we do not accept the fact of suffering either.

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B) Mark 8: 27-35

September 16, 2018

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”.

Some people like to take on dangerous risks. Many of them are over self-confident, and a few never think they are risking too much. A good example of it is the practice of extreme sports, also called action sport, or adventure sport, all activities perceived as having a high level of intrinsic danger. These activities usually involve speed, height, a high level of physical action, energy and to get the adrenaline going. Some examples are, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, hang gliding and bungee jumping. Athletes practice these adventures for the pleasure to take on risk or just to overcome anxiety. People many times put their lives on risk, and no few times have had fatal accidents.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B) Mark 7: 31-37

September 09, 2015

“He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak”.

Through our five senses we get in touch with the world around us. We traditionally recognize five methods of perception: hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste. But these are only ways of being in contact with the physical existence. The man in today´s Gospel was deaf and had a speech impediment. When a group of concern and compassionate people brought him to Jesus, “He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man´s ears, and, spitting , touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, ´Ephphatha!,´ that is, ´Be opened!´ And immediately the man´s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.”

Vigésimo Cuarto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario (B)

REFLEXIONES BILINGUES PARA EL DOMINGO

VIGÉSIMOCUARTO DOMINGO T.O. (B) Marcos 8: 27-35

Septiembre 16, 2018

“Si alguien quiere venir conmigo, renuncie a sí mismo, cargue su cruz y sígame”.

A algunas personas les gusta tomarse riesgos peligrosos. Muchas de ellas son exageradamente confiadas, y pocos piensan que se están arriesgando demasiado. Un buen ejemplo de esto son los deportes extremos, también llamados deportes de acción, o aventuras deportivas, actividades percibidas como de alto nivel de peligro intrínseco. Estas actividades normalmente incluyen velocidad, altura, un alto nivel de acción física, energía y liberación de adrenalina. Algunos ejemplos son: surfing, esquí, patinaje en la nieve, windsurfing, hang gliding y bungee jumping. Los deportistas practican estas aventuras por el placer del riesgo o simplemente para vencer la ansiedad. Muchas veces la gente pone en riesgo su vida, y no pocas veces ha habido accidentes fatales.

Vigésimotercer Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario (B)

REFLEXIONES BILINGUES PARA EL DOMINGO

VIGÉSIMOTERCER DOMINGO T.O. (B) Marcos 7: 31-37

Septiembre 09, 2015

“¡Todo lo ha hecho bien! ¡Hasta hace oír a los sordos y hablar a los mudos!”.

A través de nuestros cinco sentidos nosotros nos ponemos en contacto con el mundo a nuestro alrededor. Tradicionalmente reconocemos cinco métodos de percepción: audición, vista, tacto, olfato y gusto. Pero estas son solo maneras de estar comunicado con la existencia física. El hombre en el Evangelio de hoy era sordo y tenía un impedimento al hablar. Cuando un grupo de personas solidarias y compasivas lo llevó donde Jesús, “Él lo apartó de la gente. A solas con él, le metió los dedos en los oídos, y con el dedo untado en saliva le tocó la lengua; y mirando al cielo suspiró y le dijo: ´Effathá´ (que quiere decir: Ábrete). E inmediatamente se le abrieron los oídos y se le soltó la traba de la lengua y empezó a hablar sin dificultad”.

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