Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The One who Upsets the Status Quo. The Third Sunday of Lent 2021

                            The One who Upsets the Status Quo.

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March 7, 2021

Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 213-25



When we read the Gospel, we have an advantage over the people in biblical times because we know fully the identity of Jesus, but the people of his day had lots of questions about who he was. When he arrived at the Temple in preparation for Passover, people knew that he was filled with wisdom and a wonder worker, but he was destructive of the most sacred place in Jewish life. A good Jew would have had more respect for the Temple because, in the end, the Temple authorities were instrumental in putting Jesus to death. Every action of Jesus was a direct threat to the Temple-centered theology because he preached a Kingdom-centered theology. 


The debate between the law and mercy is an eternal one, which is at the root of most social concerns today. In the Exodus reading, God delivers the commandments to the people through Moses, and the supremacy of following the Law shows that we are faithful to God. To belong to a group, we always need rules to show who is inside the circle and who lies beyond, and the boundaries change when they respond to the dynamic needs of the people. Laws are not to be followed just because they are a law; a law must be based on love for the community and serve the common good. An unjust law is no law at all – because it lacks love. In this case, we have a conflict over what is permitted and what is right.


While it was customary for people to buy birds or animals to make a sacrifice at the Temple, a whole system of commerce developed in the outer courtyards, and it turned into a profitable business where merchants and Temple authorities profited and became comfortable. Merchants took advantage of a religious devotion and exploited those who were least able to provide their ritual obligation. The outburst from Jesus threatened the economy of merchants and those who profited from renting out the space. His actions were the last straw in determining how to deal with him. He challenged the Temple authority too many times, and he kept winning converts. The Chief Priests and Elders decided his threat to their authority, status, and economic livelihood was too close for comfort. 


Whereas today, we have our laws that overall protect and serve us well, not all do, and sometimes those laws and traditions are challenged, but Jesus has not changed and he is still proposing his Kingdom-centered theology that challenges the modern day Temple Authorities. Those who threaten long-standing traditions will find themselves in unsafe situations, because they threaten the status, privilege, attitudes, and thoughts of those is authority, but the key is to remain faithful to the person of Jesus, the one who was transfigure last week, the one who had the dove descend upon him at the Jordan River, the one who relied upon God in the desert. We know Jesus, and we know that he means to set us right with God in all things. He will work for our good, and he will is our deliverer. Scripture teaches us to trust him. He will always lead us to the truth of God’s will, no matter what it costs him, even if that is his life.


Scripture for Daily Mass


First Reading:

Monday: (2 Kings 5) Naaman, the king of Aram, contracted leprosy. A captured girl wanted him to present himself to the prophet in Samaria. Naaman was instructed to wash seven times in the Jordan River and his flesh became again like the flesh of a little child.


Tuesday: (Daniel 3) Azariah asked for the Lord’s deliverance. He asked that the Lord deal with them in kindness and with great mercy.


Wednesday: (Deuteronomy 4) Moses spoke to the people asking them to hear and heed the statutes and decrees he received from the Lord. Do not forget the things the Lord has done.


Thursday: (Jeremiah 7) They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to me.  


Friday: (Hosea 14) Return to God, who forgives all iniquity. The Lord will heal their defection and love them freely for his wrath is turned away from them.  


Saturday: (Hosea 6) Come, let us return to the Lord. It is love that I desire, not sacrificed, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.  



Monday: (Luke 4) Jesus reminded people that a prophet is without honor in his own land and he called the mind the story of Naaman, the foreigner from Syria, who was cured.


Tuesday: (Matthew 18) Peter asked Jesus about forgiveness. He said to forgiven seventy-seven time because unless each person forgives from the heart, he will not be forgiven. 


Wednesday: (Matthew 5) Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Each commandment is to be observed; the one who does it will be the greatest in the Kingdom.


Thursday: (Luke 11) Jesus drove out a demon that was mute and was then accused of being in league with Beelzebul. Jesus explained to them how that does not make much sense. 


Friday: (Mark 12) A scribe asked Jesus to declare which is the first commandment. Love the God with you whole soul and your neighbor like yourself. The scribe was well pleased.  


Saturday: (Luke 18) Jesus told a parable about prayer to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. The one who is humble is favored by God.  


Saints of the Week


March 7: Perpetua and Felicity (d. 203), were two catechumens arrest and killed during a persecution in North Africa. Perpetua was a young noblewoman who was killed alongside her husband, their young son, and their pregnant slave, Felicity. They were baptized while under arrest and would not renounce their faith. Felicity was excused from death because it was unlawful to kill a pregnant woman, but she gave birth prematurely three days before the planned execution. They were flogged, taunted by wild beasts, and then beheaded. They appear in the First Eucharistic Prayer. 


March 8: John of God (1495-1550), was a Portuguese soldier of fortune who was brought to Spain as a child. He was a slave master, shepherd, crusader, bodyguard and peddler. As he realized that he frittered away his life, he sought counsel from John of Avila. He then dedicated his life to care for the sick and the poor. He formed the Order of Brothers Hospitallers and is the patron saint of hospitals and the sick.


March 9: Frances of Rome (1384-1440), was born into a wealthy Roman family and was married at age 13. She bore six children and when two died in infancy, she worked to bring the needs of the less fortunate to others. She took food to the poor, visited the sick, cared for the needy in their homes. When other women joined in her mission, they became Benedictine oblates. She founded a monastery for them after her husband's death. 


This Week in Jesuit History


  • Mar 7, 1581. The Fifth General Congregation of the Society bound the professors of the Society to adhere to the doctrine of St Thomas Aquinas. 
  • Mar 8, 1773. At Centi, in the diocese of Bologna, Cardinal Malvezzi paid a surprise visit to the Jesuit house, demanding to inspect their accounting books. 
  • Mar 9, 1764. In France, all Jesuits who refused to abjure the Society were ordered by Parliament to leave the realm within a month. Out of 4,000 members only five priests, two scholastics, and eight brothers took the required oath; the others were driven into exile. 
  • Mar 10, 1615. The martyrdom in Glasgow, Scotland, of St John Ogilvie. 
  • Mar 11, 1848. In Naples, Italy, during the 1848 revolution, 114 Jesuits, after much suffering, were put into carts and driven ignominiously out of the city and the kingdom. 
  • Mar 12, 1622. Pope Gregory XV canonized Sts Ignatius, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, and Philip Neri. 
  • Mar 13, 1568. John Segura and five companions set sail from Spain for Florida, a fertile field of martyrs. (Nine Jesuits were killed there between 1566 and 1571.)

El que trastorna el status quo . El Thir d domingo de Cuaresma 2021

                                    El que trastorna el status quo .

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7 de marzo de 2021

Éxodo 20: 1-17 ; Salmo 1 9 ; 1 Corintios 1: 22-25 ; Juan 213-25



Cuando leemos el Evangelio, tenemos una ventaja sobre la gente en los tiempos bíblicos porque conocemos completamente la identidad de Jesús, pero la gente de su época tenía muchas preguntas sobre quién era él. Cuando llegó al templo en preparación para la Pascua, la gente sabía que estaba lleno de sabiduría y un hacedor de maravillas, pero destruía el lugar más sagrado de la vida judía. Un buen judío habría tenido más respeto por el templo porque, al final, las autoridades del templo fueron fundamentales para dar muerte a Jesús. Cada acción de Jesús fue una amenaza directa para la teología centrada en el Templo porque predicó una teología centrada en el Reino.


El debate entre la ley y la misericordia es eterno, y está en la raíz de la mayoría de las preocupaciones sociales de hoy. En la lectura del Éxodo, Dios entrega los mandamientos al pueblo a través de Moisés, y la supremacía de seguir la Ley muestra que somos fieles a Dios. Para pertenecer a un grupo, siempre necesitamos reglas que muestren quién está dentro del círculo y quién está más allá , y los límites cambian cuando responden a las necesidades dinámicas de las personas. Las leyes no deben seguirse simplemente porque son una ley; una ley debe basarse en el amor a la comunidad y servir al bien común. Una ley injusta no es ley en absoluto, porque carece de amor. En este caso, tenemos un conflicto sobre lo que está permitido y lo que es correcto.


Si bien era costumbre que la gente comprara aves o animales para hacer un sacrificio en el Templo, todo un sistema de comercio se desarrolló en los patios exteriores y se convirtió en un negocio rentable donde los comerciantes y las autoridades del Templo se beneficiaron y se sintieron cómodos. Los comerciantes se aprovecharon de la devoción religiosa y explotaron a los menos capaces de cumplir con su obligación ritual. El estallido de Jesús amenazó la economía de los comerciantes y los que se beneficiaron del alquiler del espacio. Sus acciones fueron la gota que colmó el vaso para determinar cómo tratar con él. Desafió la autoridad del Templo demasiadas veces y siguió ganando conversos. Los sumos sacerdotes y los ancianos decidieron que su amenaza a su autoridad, estatus y sustento económico era demasiado cercana para su comodidad.


Mientras que hoy, tenemos nuestras leyes que en general nos protegen y nos sirven bien, no todos lo hacen, y a veces esas leyes y tradiciones son desafiadas, pero Jesús no ha cambiado y todavía está proponiendo su teología centrada en el Reino que desafía a las Autoridades del Templo de hoy en día. . Aquellos que amenazan tradiciones de larga data se encontrarán en situaciones inseguras, porque amenazan el estatus, el privilegio, las actitudes y los pensamientos de aquellos que son la autoridad, pero la clave es permanecer fieles a la persona de Jesús, el que se transfiguró en último lugar. semana, el que hizo descender la paloma sobre él en el río Jordán, el que confió en Dios en el desierto. Conocemos a Jesús, y sabemos que él quiere arreglarnos con Dios en todas las cosas. Él obrará para nuestro bien y será nuestro libertador. Las Escrituras nos enseñan a confiar en él. Él siempre nos conducirá a la verdad de la voluntad de Dios, sin importar lo que le cueste , incluso si esa es su vida.


Escritura para la misa diaria


Primera lectura:

Lunes: (2 Reyes 5) Naamán, el rey de Aram, contrajo lepra. Una niña capturada quería que se presentara al profeta en Samaria. Naamán recibió instrucciones de lavarse siete veces en el río Jordán y su carne volvió a ser como la carne de un niño pequeño.


Martes: (Daniel 3) Azarías pidió la liberación del Señor. Pidió que el Señor los tratara con bondad y gran misericordia.


Miércoles: (Deuteronomio 4) Moisés habló al pueblo pidiéndoles que escucharan y obedecieran los estatutos y decretos que recibió del Señor. No olvides las cosas que ha hecho el Señor.


Jueves: (Jeremías 7) Caminaron en la dureza de sus corazones malvados y me dieron la espalda, no el rostro. 


Viernes: (Oseas 14) Vuelve a Dios, que perdona toda iniquidad. El Señor sanará su deserción y los amará libremente porque su ira se apartó de ellos. 


Sábado: (Oseas 6) Ven, volvamos al Señor. Es amor lo que deseo, no sacrificado, y conocimiento de Dios en lugar de holocaustos. 



Lunes: (Lucas 4) Jesús le recordó a la gente que un profeta no tiene honor en su propia tierra y llamó a la mente la historia de Naamán, el extranjero de Siria, que fue curado.


Martes: (Mateo 18) Pedro le preguntó a Jesús sobre el perdón. Dijo que perdonara setenta y siete veces porque a menos que cada uno perdone de corazón, no será perdonado.


Miércoles: (Mateo 5) Jesús no vino a abolir la ley sino a cumplirla. Cada mandamiento debe ser observado; el que lo haga será el más grande del Reino.


Jueves: (Lucas 11) Jesús expulsó a un demonio que estaba mudo y luego fue acusado de estar aliado con Beelzebul. Jesús les explicó que eso no tiene mucho sentido.


Viernes: (Marcos 12) Un escriba le pidió a Jesús que declarara cuál es el primer mandamiento. Ama a Dios con toda tu alma y a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. El escriba estaba muy complacido. 


Sábado: (Lucas 18) Jesús contó una parábola sobre la oración a aquellos que estaban convencidos de su propia justicia y despreciaban a todos los demás. El humilde es favorecido por Dios. 


Santos de la semana


7 de marzo: Perpetua y Felicity (m. 203), fueron dos catecúmenos arrestados y asesinados durante una persecución en el norte de África. Perpetua era una joven noble que fue asesinada junto a su esposo, su hijo pequeño y su esclava embarazada, Felicity. Fueron bautizados mientras estaban detenidos y no renunciaron a su fe. Felicity fue excusada de la muerte porque era ilegal matar a una mujer embarazada, pero dio a luz prematuramente tres días antes de la ejecución prevista. Fueron azotados, burlados por bestias salvajes y luego decapitados. Aparecen en la Primera Plegaria Eucarística.


8 de marzo: Juan de Dios (1495-1550), fue un soldado de fortuna portugués que fue traído a España de niño. Fue amo de esclavos, pastor, cruzado, guardaespaldas y vendedor ambulante. Cuando se dio cuenta de que había malgastado su vida, buscó el consejo de Juan de Ávila. Luego dedicó su vida a cuidar de los enfermos y los pobres. Formó la Orden de los Hermanos Hospitalarios y es el santo patrón de los hospitales y los enfermos.


9 de marzo: Frances de Roma (1384-1440), nació en una familia romana adinerada y se casó a los 13 años. Tuvo seis hijos y cuando dos murieron en la infancia, trabajó para llevar las necesidades de los menos afortunados a los demás. Llevaba comida a los pobres, visitaba a los enfermos, cuidaba de los necesitados en sus hogares. Cuando otras mujeres se unieron a su misión, se convirtieron en oblatas benedictinas. Ella fundó un monasterio para ellos después de la muerte de su esposo.


Esta semana en la historia de los jesuitas


·                7 de marzo de 1581. La Quinta Congregación General de la Compañía obligó a los profesores de la Compañía a adherirse a la doctrina de Santo Tomás de Aquino.

·                8 de marzo de 1773. En Centi, en la diócesis de Bolonia, el cardenal Malvezzi realizó una visita sorpresa a la casa de los jesuitas, exigiendo inspeccionar sus libros de contabilidad.

·                9 de marzo de 1764. En Francia, el Parlamento ordenó a todos los jesuitas que se negaron a abjurar de la Compañía que abandonaran el reino en el plazo de un mes. De 4.000 miembros, sólo cinco sacerdotes, dos escolásticos y ocho hermanos prestaron el juramento requerido; los demás fueron llevados al exilio.

·                10 de marzo de 1615. El martirio en Glasgow, Escocia, de San Juan Ogilvie.

·                11 de marzo de 1848. En Nápoles, Italia, durante la revolución de 1848, 114 jesuitas, después de mucho sufrimiento, fueron metidos en carros y expulsados ​​ignominiosamente de la ciudad y del reino.

·                12 de marzo de 1622. El Papa Gregorio XV canonizó a San Ignacio, Francisco Javier, Teresa de Ávila y Felipe Neri.

·                13 de marzo de 1568. John Segura y cinco compañeros zarpan de España hacia Florida, fértil campo de mártires. (Nueve jesuitas murieron allí entre 1566 y 1571).

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Photo: Snow and Tree


Poem: “Count That Day Lost” by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

If you sit down at the set of sun 
And count the acts that you have done, 
And, counting, find One self-denying deed, one word 
That eased the heart of him who heard, 
One glance most kind 
That fell like sunshine where it went – 
 Then you may count that day well spent. 

 But if, through all the livelong day, 
You’ve cheered no heart, by yea or nay – 
 If, though it all You’ve nothing done that you can trace 
That brought the sunshine to one face – 
 No act most small That helped some soul and nothing cost – 
Then count that day as worse than lost.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Photo: Snow on Field


Poem: "Spring" by Mary Oliver


a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring

down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring

I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
her tongue

like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question:

how to love this world.
I think of her
like a black and leafy ledge

to sharpen her claws against
the silence
of the trees.
Whatever else

my life is
with its poems
and its music
and its glass cities,

it is also this dazzling darkness
down the mountain,
breathing and tasting;

all day I think of her --
her white teeth,
her wordlessness,
her perfect love.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Prayer: Gregory Palamas

If the time of this life is time for repentance, the very fact that a sinner still lives is a pledge that God will accept whoever desires to return to God.

Photo: Hearts full of love


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Photo: Chains to be Broken


Poem: Rainer Maria Rilke from "Gravity's Law"

How surely gravity's law,strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of the smallest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.

Each thing-
each stone, blossom, child -
is held in place.

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Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we each belong to
for some empty freedom.

If we surrendered to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.

Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.

So like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God's heart;
they have never left him.

This is what the things can teach us:
to fall,
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.