Sunday Reflections

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A) Matthew 10: SUNDAY26-33                 June 25, 2017

“Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

A friend of mine, an oncologist doctor, told me that one of his patients was diagnosed with cancer and when he told her that she should undergo chemotherapy, her first concern was, “will I lose my hair?” I told my friend, “Next time you see her, tell her what Jesus says in the Gospel, ´Even the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid´.”

It is incredible how people who are faced with the most frightening challenges in life, like a very serious illness, can allow petty fears destroy peace and healing.

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (A)

John 3: 16-18                                                       June 18, 2017

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”

There were two young brothers, one was ten year old the other one was eight. Although they were physically almost identical, in their behavior they were very different. The ten year old was slow, and calm, on the other hand, the eight year old was very energetic and enthusiastic. Once, the boys were riding with their parents. The oldest brother was seated in the front of the car and had fallen asleep, while the mother and youngest son were in the back. It was a rainy day and suddenly they had a terrible accident. Only the boy riding in the front seat was very seriously wounded. He was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. Since his younger brother had his blood type, he volunteered for a transfusion. He was carefully watching the blood leaving his vein and he ask the doctor, “How soon before I die?” Of course, the doctor reassured him that he would not die; he was helping his brother to live.

Pentecost Sunday (A)

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Pentecost Sunday (A) John 20: 19-23 - June 4, 2017

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.”

Many years ago I had the opportunity to attend a priest retreat in Rome. We were over 5,000 priests from every country in the world, and of course, many languages. Every day we met at the Paul VI Hall and heard the talks from different cardinals, bishops and priests. Mother Theresa of Calcuta was also one of the speakers. The last day of the retreat we closed with a solemn Eucharist, presided over by then Pope John Paul II. We came in a well organized and solemn entrance procession through the Piazza di San Pietro. After we entered, the doors of Saint Peter Basilica were closed, because there was only room for the concelebrants. The Mass was multilingual in songs, prayers, and readings. I could tell you many beautiful experiences about that week, but what really hit me was the universality of the Church. I was and am happy by the way that we are so different one from the other; yet we all profess the same faith. We renew our priestly vows, and that day became for us priest a new Pentecost.

The Most Holy Trinity (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (A) John 3: 16-18                 June 11, 2017

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

When we were kids our grandparents used to say to us, “You better behave because God is always watching you.” When you get through security in an airport, or go to a bank, or store and you become aware of the security watching and observing you, or a security camera following your movements, for a while you feel uncomfortable; then you know that you have nothing to fear and, you relax; from time to time the security apologizes to you saying, “It is for your security; I am just watching over the place.” The sensation that some is watching you is not a lovely sensation. Nevertheless the sensation that someone is watching over you brings you security. Of course, God is not always watching us, like a security camera, but he watches over us, and protects us.

Pentecost Sunday (A)

REFLEXIONES BILINGUES PARA EL DOMINGO

Pentecostés (A) Juan 20:19-23 – Junio 4, 2017

“Ven, Espíritu Santo, llena los corazones de tus fieles y enciende en ellos la llama de tu amor”.

Hace muchos años tuve la oportunidad de asistir a un retiro para sacerdotes en Roma. Éramos más de 5,000 sacerdotes de todos los países del mundo, y por supuesto, muchos idiomas. Cada día nos reuníamos en la Sala Pablo VI y escuchábamos las conferencias de los distintos cardenales, obispos y sacerdotes. La Madre Teresa de Calcuta fue también una de los conferencistas. El último día de retiro clausuramos con una solemne Eucaristía presidida por el entonces Papa Juan Pablo II. Llegamos en una organizada y festiva procesión de entrada a través de la Piazza di San Pietro. Después de que entramos, las puertas de la Basílica de San Pedro se cerraron, pues había solamente espacio para los concelebrantes. La Misa fue multilingüe en los cantos, las oraciones y las lecturas. Puedo contarles muchísimas experiencias hermosas de aquella semana, pero lo que realmente me impresionó más fue la universalidad de la Iglesia. Yo estaba y estoy feliz de lo diferentes que nosotros somos, sin embargo, profesamos la misma fe. Ante el Papa renovamos nuestros compromisos sacerdotales y ese día se convirtió en un nuevo Pentecostés.

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