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1 Corinthians 1:26-31

These last verses of Chapter one of Corinthians are a relief for most people. At first, it makes me laugh when Paul says, “Not many of you are wise, as men account wisdom; not many are influential; and surely not many are well born”(v 26). That’s me alright. I was a healthy baby, so I suppose you could say I was born well, but not noticeably well born, though God’s providence confounds this type of rhetoric as Paul goes on to give comfort. Continue reading


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Domingo III de Cuaresma ciclo A 2020

El mundo, nuestro mundo, no tiene, mayoritariamente, sed de Dios. Tiene sed de dinero, de poder, de gozar de bienes materiales, de figurar y sobresalir, de distracciones efímeras e intrascendentes, pero no tiene sed de Dios. Dios es el amor y la misericordia, la justicia, la fraternidad universal, el considerar a todas las personas como hermanas y compañeras de viaje. Y el mundo actual no tiene sed de esto, no tiene sed de Dios. Continue reading


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1 Corintians 1:18-25

Paul challenges us to think of and have a preference to God’s wisdom, as opposed to human wisdom. He begins this in verse 18 of Chapter one, “the message of the cross is complete absurdity to those who are headed for ruin, but to us who are experiencing salvation it is the power of God.” It is something that is meant to shock its listeners, but for many who have always believed, we lose its meaning. That is why we do not understand many non-believers, and they do not understand us. The Gospel message really does sound like absurdity to them. The shock of this message is the starting point by which they can believe. Unfortunately, there are many Christians who do not really understand this message and just pass it over and avoid it altogether. This is one of the big reasons why less and less people are in the pews. They are thinking more with human pragmatism than with God’s wisdom. They think humanity can save itself and therefore reject God. How blind we have become! Continue reading


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Domingo II tiempo de cuaresma ciclo A 2020

Evidentemente, nuestro padre en la fe, el patriarca Abrahán, fue un hombre en salida, obedeciendo al mandato de Dios que le ordenaba abandonar la casa y la tierra propia, en busca de otras tierras que el Señor le mostraría. También a la Iglesia de hoy, a nuestra Iglesia, el Papa le dice que no se quede en la sacristía esperando a los que van, sino que salga en busca de los que no van a la Iglesia. Como no quiero enrollarme mucho, me voy a conformar con citar algunas frases de las que el Papa Francisco, en su Exhortación Apostólica la alegría del Evangelio, dice cuando habla de una Iglesia en salida: “En la Palabra de Dios aparece permanentemente este dinamismo de “salida” que Dios quiere provocar en los creyentes. Abrahán aceptó la llamada a salir hacia una tierra nueva. Moisés escuchó la llamada de Dios: “Ve, yo te envío”, e hizo salir al pueblo hacia la tierra de la promesa. A Jeremías le dijo: a donde quiera que yo te envíe, irás. Hoy en este “id” de Jesús están presentes los escenarios y los desafíos siempre nuevos de la misión evangelizadora de la Iglesia, y todos somos llamados a esta nueva “salida” misionera. Cada cristiano y cada comunidad discernirá cuál es el camino que el Señor le pide, pero todos somos invitados a aceptar esta llamada: salir de la propia comodidad y atreverse a llegar a todas las periferias que necesitan la luz del Evangelio (n. 20). Aceptemos todos los cristianos, los hijos en la fe del patriarca Abrahán, esta misión y salgamos a las periferias de nuestras iglesias particulares para anunciar a todos el evangelio del Reino. Continue reading


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1 Corinthians 1:4-15

Verse four of Chapter one gives praise to God for the community at Corinth. Paul is actually appreciative of the people there. He also gives praise to God for all the graces He has given to the people of Corinth. Gratitude is such an important part of the Christian life. Without stopping and reflecting on the gifts God has given us, life would be too much to bear. Paul is thankful of the very people that are causing such heartache for him. Continue reading


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Domingo I tiempo de Cuaresma ciclo A 2020

1.- Hoy comenzamos la Cuaresma. Un camino hacia la Resurrección. Un camino al encuentro del Señor, que el Jueves Santo nos deja “su Mandamiento”: amaros como yo os he amado. Y el Viernes Santo nos enseña su propia muerte “cómo Él nos ha amado hasta dar la vida. Y es el Padre Dios, quien resucitando al Señor Jesús, nos dice que Él refrenda ese mandamiento y esa muerte por amor. Continue reading


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1 Corinthians #1

The last bulletin article was the final article describing the beauty and symbolism of St Joseph Church. My hopes are to put together a book on Amazon with as many pictures of marriages, baptisms, and first communions as possible that were celebrated here. I am also looking for any pictures that were taken of St Joseph Church. As we proceed, in light of the new feast day, I have decided to continue to make commentaries on the Bible from where I left off a little over a year ago. I had just finished the letter to the Romans from Paul. The next book in the Bible is the first letter from Paul to the Corinthians. After we get through the rest of the Bible, my hopes are to start offering meditations on the symbolism in St Mary Church. Continue reading