June 23, 2018

The Birth of John the Baptist (June 24, 2018)

God has Shown Favor

Once Zechariah’s “mouth was opened,” he gave praise to God in the canticle known as the Benedictus (which is not included in this Gospel reading).  In that song, Zechariah also pointed out his son’s mission, that is to be “the prophet of the Most High,” “to prepare the Lord’s way,” and “to give his people knowledge of salvation.”

Remarkably, even the name that Zechariah and Elizabeth gave to their child, as instructed by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:13) already proclaims this knowledge of salvation.  The name John means “God has shown favor.” 

Moreover, at this moment, while John was only eight days old, people already spoke of the favor God gave to him and his parents in his birth.  In fact, “all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.”  And “all who heard these things” recognized that “the hand of the Lord was with him.”

My life is already a sign of God’s favor and that the Lord is with me. 

How do I live that life to be “the prophet of the Most High,” “to prepare the Lord’s way,” and “to give his people knowledge of salvation”? 

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June 16, 2018

11th Sunday - B (June 17, 2018)

The Mustard Seed of God’s Love

This Gospel passage calls us to trust in the small things knowing that we are doing God’s work. 

God’s work is for the salvation of all God’s creation.  Anything and everything that God gives me to do is that mustard seed.  “Through it all the seed would sprout, grow, and yields fruit; and I know not how.”  It is indeed God’s work of love of which I am privileged to be a part.    
The small mustard seed becomes a great shrub.

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June 9, 2018

10th Sunday - B (June 10, 2018)

Our Unity Glorifies God

In the current social and political climate, one week after the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we have a Gospel passage on unity.  “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”

On the contrary, St. Paul gives us a way of looking at the purpose of our diversity.  “The grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.”  

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June 2, 2018

Body and Blood of Christ - B (June 3, 2018)

Divine Presence – Past, Present, and Eternal

Last Sunday, we celebrated one of the presences of the Most Holy Trinity in space and time.  That is the presence of God in us as children of God.

Today, we celebrate the same divine presence in the Eucharist. 

In the Eucharist, we who live in time and space come in touch with the Presence of the Divine who no time nor space can contain. 

The Body and Blood of Christ is “the covenant” (Gospel – Mark 14:24) makes present to us now the death of Christ on the cross, “a death [that] has taken place for deliverance from transgression” and “the promised eternal inheritance.”  (2nd Reading – Hebrew 9:15)

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