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Are you prepared?


A reflection for the 32nd Sunday, Ordinary Time, year A.
The readings are Wisdom 6:12-16, Psalm 63, Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Matthew 25:1-13.

When I was at York University, I didn’t live on campus but was part of the (very small)  Catholic community there because I didn’t have a parish. I lived about an hour’s bus ride away. One year I was going to help with music for the Good Friday Service. We prepared, picked the songs and practiced. What I failed to realize was that Friday was the first day of the month and in order to get to York, I needed a new monthly bus pass.  I walked to the bus and didn’t have the right bus pass and, of course, I had no cash to buy a token (this is way before paying-with-debit days). No problem, go to the bank. But it was a holiday and all the banks were closed. And, of course, when you are looking for a bank machine, you can’t find one. I am not exaggerating when I say that I walked about 10 blocks before I found a bank machine.  I got the cash, walked all the way (carrying my heavy guitar case!) back to the bus station, bought the pass and…. holiday bus schedule! There wasn’t a bus every 10 minutes; there was a bus every hour! Needless to say, I arrived at York after the Service had finished.

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Tres cosas tiene el amor

(Read an English version of this post at saltandlighttv.org/blog)

Desde muy joven a mí me ha interesado este tema del amor. En particular porque si Jesús dice que amar es el mandamiento más grande, entonces tenemos que entender que quiere decir amar. Podemos pasarnos la semana entera explorando todos los significados del amor y que quiere decir amar a Dios y amar al prójimo, pero hoy quiero reflexionar sobre tres cosas que tiene el amor que no se deben olvidar.

En el 2015 tuve la oportunidad de ir a Puerto Rico a un simposio misionero en preparación para el 5º Congreso Americano Misionero que va a ser en Santa Cruz de la Sierra en Bolivia en el 2018. Había más de 100 delegados de 23 distintos países de toda Latinoamérica, el Caribe, Canadá y los EE.UU.
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What Are You Wearing?


A reflection for the 28th Sunday, Ordinary time, Year A. The readings are Isaiah 25:6-10, Psalm 23, Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 and Matthew 22:1-14.

I don’t like ties. I really don’t. On one hand, I do think it’s cool how 60-70 years ago everyone wore a tie every day. If you went to school; you wore a tie. If you went to work; you wore a tie. If you went to Church; you wore a tie. If you went out; you wore a tie. That’s what men wore. But on the other hand, I think ties are completely useless. They serve no purpose and I don’t like wearing them. Who decided that wearing a tie is what’s formal? And why do I have to wear a suit jacket? What makes that formal? If it’s cold, I’ll wear a jacket, but just to be formal? Why can’t I just wear a nice shirt? I’m probably the guy that get’s kicked out of the wedding ‘cause I’m not wearing a tie!

Of course, Jesus is not really speaking about clothing and he’s not even speaking about a real wedding either.
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Through the Storm


A reflection for the 19th Sunday, Ordinary time, Year A. The readings are 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Psalm 85; Romans 9:1-5 and Matthew 14:22-33.

“You of little faith.” I can imagine what it felt like to be told that by Jesus: “You don’t have faith. If only you had the faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell that mountain to move over there and it would move. You guys don’t have faith.” And this is the disciples he’s speaking with. And then they would have heard Jesus saying to this sinner or that pagan, “go, your faith has made you well.” What did that feel like? Those people had more faith than the disciples? I can imagine what it would feel like if Jesus told me that I didn’t have enough faith.
I think the problem is that we think that having faith has to do with believing in certain ideas or doing certain religious things: I have faith because I go to Mass on Sundays. I have faith because I pray the Rosary every day and I believe that it will make my life better. I have faith because I believe everything the Church teaches. I have faith because I believe that the bread and wine actually become the body, blood, soul and divinity, the full presence of Jesus Christ.

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