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We entered praising God aloud with joy with our palm branches.  However, the highest praise given to God our Father is the ready and willing offering of Jesus’ body and blood on the cross, in total obedience to the Father.  The innocent one is condemned, love is crushed by suspicion and hatred, the Christ is criminalized, and all this just ...
Caught and Shamed In the Gospel Reading, the scribes and Pharisees bring to Jesus a woman caught in adultery. They make her stand in the middle of the crowd, and they announce that she was caught in the very act of adultery. The law of Moses prescribes stoning as the punishment for adultery. But it does not permit your doing ...
Today as we explore the parable of the prodigal son, the question for our reflection is How am I living the gift of life I have received from the Father? Jesus starts this beautiful parable about the prodigal son because the scribes and pharisees noticed something about him.  Jesus was welcoming the chief sinners of that time (the tax collectors) ...
THE LIVING GOD WHO SAVES BY THE FIRE OF HIS LOVE    My prayer is that God will manifest his presence and power in our lives, that our faith in the living God may be enkindled by the fire of his love.  Today we are confronted with the heart of biblical revelation where God communicates and unveils who he is – ...
The readings of today all point towards one of our three Lenten practices.  The practice of prayer.  We find Abraham in conversation with God in our first reading, and in the gospel, Jesus takes three friends up a mountain to pray.  While praying, he is transfigured, and the presence of God overshadows them, along with two great OT saints.  Moses ...
(adaptado y traducido de una homilía de Jim Kempster) Todos se sintieron con Jesús ¿no? Pocos que se alinean conmigo. Déjenme preguntarles algo, “¿Qué aprendieron de él (apunta a Jesús) de cómo enfrentarse a mí?” ¿Quién soy yo?” Déjenme presentarme. Muchos me llaman el Diablo. Otros, Satanás. A Uds. soy Lucifer. ¿Creen que esas eran tentaciones fáciles? ¡No puedo creer ...
(Adapted from a Jim Kempster, SJ, 1988 homily) I bet you all sided with Jesus! Few ever side with me. Let me ask you, “What did you learn from him (point to Jesus) about how to stand up to me?” Who am I? Let me introduce myself. Some call me Satan. Others, the devil. To you: I’m Lucifer. Did you ...
Our words have power.  Our words can create or destroy.  Our words reveal who we are.  “For from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.”  But there are a couple of other things in our Scriptures today that reveal who we are.  The first is tribulation (“as the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so ...

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