Sunday Reflections

2nd Sunday of Easter (A)

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SECOND SUNDAYOF EASTER(A)John 20: 19-31

April 23, 2017

“When the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, Peace be with you …Receive the Holy Spirit.”

There is a children game called hide-and-seek. A group of players conceal themselves in the environment or in the house to be found by a seeker. One of the players counts to a predetermined number while the other players go and hide. Then the seeker attempts to locate the concealed players. At times the smart kid finds them immediately; sometimes he takes too long to find the hidden players. In this case they get bored waiting and waiting to be found, in an uncomfortable stillbody position, to the point that they start giving clues, by calling the person´s name, or by making noise. When the boy or girl finds them, they feel release, and the winner, in this case, the seeker, gets a prize.

In today´s Gospel the disciples are hiding themselves in a room and with the doors locked, not exactly playing a game, but for fear of the Jews. When they are found by Jesus, it is them who get not only one, but three prizes: peace, joy, and the Holy Spirit. Later on, they should give in return, forgiveness.

Holy Week and Easter Sunday (A)

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HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SUNDAY April, 2017

HOLY THURSDAY: THE LORD´S SUPPER. April 13, 2017

“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, This is my body that is for you. In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Have you ever imagined our faith and our worship without the Eucharist? And this would mean a faith and reunion without even Sunday Mass. For us the Eucharist is not only the distinctive of our Christian Catholic celebration but the center of our worship. There is no need to compare ourselves with other Christian denominations or faiths, but the words of the Gospel and of the first Letter of Paul to the Corinthians would never had the same sense when they tell us, “The Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, This is my body that is for you. In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Tonight is the prologue to the betrayal in the garden with the kiss of Judas, and the pain of the cross, but also the empty tomb. Tonight the symbols of Jesus´ love go beyond words: the Eucharist, the priesthood, and the commandment of love.

5th Sunday of Lent (A)

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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".

Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum (A)

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PALM SUNDAY (A) Matthew 26:14- 27:66. April 09, 2017

HOLY THURSDAY, GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER VIGIL

“Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name”

Last year on Palm Sunday, like today, on Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, reading the Gospel of the Lord´s entrance into Jerusalem, outside the church; there was a little boy accompanied by his mom and dad, and listening carefully to the readings. I could overhear when he asked his mom, “What does it mean, Hosanna to the Son of David?” The mother whispered something that I could not hear, but the child seemed to be satisfied. The same family was just on the first pew for the rest of the liturgy. During the reading of the Passion of the Lord, when Pilate asked the crowd what to do with Jesus, they answered twice, “Crucify him. Crucify him.” The child this time turned to his dad and asked, “Why do they want to kill him?” The man softly spoke something.” The boy looked very surprised. What were important at that moment were not the parents´ answers, but the child´s inquiries. At the end of the Mass I stop to say good-bye to people and I told the child and his parents, do not forget to hear the rest of the story the coming Saturday evening, at the Easter Vigil.

4th Sunday of Lent (A)

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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.”

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