Sunday Reflections

Nativity of St. John the Baptist (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (B) Lk 1:57-66,80

June 24, 2018

You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way“.

The readings for today´s Mass do not follow the usual sequence for a Sunday in Ordinary Time; the reason is that today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist. Our liturgy only celebrates three birthdays: Jesus´ on December 25th, Mary´s on September 8th, and John the Baptist´s on June 24th, six months before Christmas. The importance of this celebration is not as much as John is Jesus´ cousin, but that he is Jesus´ forerunner and his herald. He had the privilege to point Jesus out as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Before the infancy narrative of Jesus, Luke introduces his gospel with the events about the birth of John the Baptist. We read that the priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth are advanced in years and are childless. At the time Zechariah is performing his priestly duty in the temple, an angel appears and says to him that Elizabeth will bear a son and that he will call him John. But because Zechariah did not believe the angel, he became mute for a while.

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B) Mark 4: 26-34

June 17, 2018

The seed is the Word of God, Christ is the sower. All who come to him will live forever“.

For many years, scientists, more specifically physicists and biologists, have discovered that nature is more complex and difficult to understand than we may believe. Some physicists like Isaac Newton (Laws of Motion, Law of Gravity, Conservation of Mass-Energy, Laws of Thermodynamics), and Albert Einstein (Theory of Relativity, Quantum Physics); and biologists like Augustinian Father George Mendel (Law of Inheritance) have formulated laws that we, upon study and reflection can describe but we cannot explain. Unlike in some fields, social customs and authorities do not determine the establishment of laws in science.

The Body and Blood of Christ (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (B) Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26

June 03, 2018

I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever“.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once told that while she visited her homeland, at that time Communist Albania, the country´s dictator had said with pride, “Jesus will never return to Albania while I am in charge.” What he did not know was that the tiny holy nun was carrying the Body of Christ in a Communion pyx pinned to her sari. She said with Christian humor, “Jesus has returned to Albania under the appearance of bread.”

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Mark 3: 20-35 - June 10, 2018

“Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

After we have celebrated the great solemnities of the Most Holy Trinity and the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which mark the beginning of this last part of the liturgical year called Ordinary Time, today in our biblical readings we take a tour around the beginning of the history of salvation in the book of Genesis, at the garden of Eden; and the beginning of Jesus´ ministry, in the Lake of Galilee. In the first part of our tour we can focus our attention on the healthy respect and care for nature, and in the second part on the power of Jesus to work miracles and how he casts out demons and his authority to defeat the evil one. These issues do not appear to be related, but they are if we consider them from the perspective of living our faith.