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Bible: Acts of the Apostles #21

As we get near the end of the Acts of the Apostles, we learn more about the shipwreck that Paul experiences (2 Cor 11:25; Acts 27). Even though Paul is held bound as a prisoner, it seems he feels like part of the team to make sure they have safe voyage. Paul does nothing to escape injustice. He has visitors who tell him that everyone will be safe on the ship. Continue reading


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XI domingo del tiempo ordinario ciclo B 2018

Ezequiel anuncia en la primera lectura el restablecimiento de la dinastía de David. Yahvé mismo trasplantará un retoño y éste crecerá en el más alto monte de Israel, en Sion, hasta convertirse en un cedro frondoso en el que anidarán toda clase de aves. Se trata, pues, de una profecía mesiánica, alusión a un señorío universal a cuyo amparo acudirán todos los pueblos. Esta imagen la encontramos de nuevo en la parábola evangélica del grano de mostaza del evangelio de hoy. El soberbio árbol del imperio de Babilonia será humillado por Yahvé, que ensalzará al humilde árbol de la casa de David. De un renuevo suyo nacerá el liberador de Israel. Continue reading


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X Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario ciclo B 2018

Vivimos en tiempos en que lo femenino se ha convertido en tema de continuas reivindicaciones. Algunas veces esas mismas reivindicaciones parecen caer en mostrar lo peor a lo que puede llegar la mujer: exhibir su cuerpo como una cosa, volverse vulgar, ordinaria y con alguna frecuencia, blasfema. Continue reading


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Bible, Acts of the Apostles #20

Within a week after Paul was in the hands of the governor, Ananias was there to make accusations against Paul. He was held in Herod’s praetorium near Caesarea where the governor was. Paul’s accusers gave an eloquent presentation, but nothing of substance. They butter up the governor; they want to cover up their accusation of Paul. The judge, Felix, heard Paul and seemed to favor Paul somewhat. It seems Felix may have been a wise man, but not all pure. He never prosecuted Paul, but was hoping to get a bribe from him. His wife was Jewish, but there is no mention of how she reacted to Paul. Like Herod, who heard John the Baptist, Felix likes to listen to Paul, until Paul talks about God’s judgment. Paul ends up in jail there for two years until Felix dies. Continue reading


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Bible: Acts of the Apostles #19

Chapter 23 continues the argument and Paul’s ability to preach the gospel. Paul argues that he has remained free from guilt. He is ordered to be struck. Paul brings out that it is unlawful to be ordered to be struck. Then Paul finds out it was the High Priest that orders him to be struck. Continue reading


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Domingo del Corpus Christi ciclo B 2018

Los ritos ancestrales de la Pascua judía hunden sus raíces en ritos aún más antiguos, aunque adquieren un sentido nuevo y prefiguran al mismo tiempo el sacrificio por excelencia, el sacrificio definitivo, el sacrificio de Cristo. La sangre ha sido siempre un elemento que ha estremecido al hombre, al mismo tiempo que ha visto en ella una fuerza misteriosa. Continue reading


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Bible: Acts of the Apostles #18

Paul makes his case in Jerusalem in the beginning of Chapter 22. He starts out by getting their attention. He is not getting attention just to glorify himself; his whole drive is to spread the good news about Jesus. He knows he needs to gain credibility for them to come to know Jesus, so he speaks in Hebrew (v2). My guess would be that he does not have a bad accent. Even when Peter speaks, the others comment on his accent right before he denies Jesus (Mt 26:73). My bet is that since Paul grew up in Jerusalem (v3), he was able speak well. He also drops the name Gamaliel. Gamaliel was a renowned teacher and was highly respected by most Jews at the time.   Continue reading