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Posted by Delma Garcia on 3/31/23
The word "passion" has powerful implications. Theologically, we use it to describe the suffering love that Jesus endured for each of us when he was beaten, mocked and crucified as he willingly took onto himself the punishment and destructive forces of our sins.
The world counterfeits the ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 3/24/23
5th Sunday of Lent
Lent is not about suffering and sacrifice. It's a corridor to new life. Good Friday is not about evil and pain and death. It's the door that Jesus opens to invite us into that new life.
Yes, suffering is part of the Lenten journey (which ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 3/17/23
4th Sunday of Lent
Conversion to Christ is a process. The blind man in the Gospel reading exemplifies this journey into faith. Notice that at first he did not go to Jesus. Jesus came to him. The man responded by waiting to see what would happen and then by ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 3/10/23
3rd Sunday of Lent
What are you thirsty for? Thirst is what happens when we lack something vital. Water is essential for our physical survival, and our bodies signal us when it's time to drink fluids to stay healthy.
Likewise, water is necessary for our spiritual survival, albeit a ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 2/03/23
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This Sunday, Jesus tells us: "You are the salt of the earth." What does it mean to be salt? Think about what salt does. It adds flavor to foods that lack sufficient taste. Jesus also raises the point that if we lose our flavor, ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 12/30/22
Christmas: The Nativity of the Lord
Joy to the world! This is our song. This is what we should always be proclaiming as a people of faith.
Don't focus on what destroys your joy, for nothing can destroy the coming of the Lord. The absence of joy is merely ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 12/16/22
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Love is the theme of the Fourth Sunday of Advent. A good definition of love is in the name that we see in the first reading and again when the prophecy is fulfilled in the Gospel reading: Emmanuel, which means "God is with us." To ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 12/09/22
Third Sunday of Advent
Joy is the theme of the Third Sunday of Advent. As it says in the first reading, "Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication to rescue you!" This is the reason for our joy. We have been ransomed from sin ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 12/02/22
Second Sunday of Advent
Peace is the theme of the Second Sunday of Advent. The first reading describes Christ the Messiah, who came from the line of Jesse, the father of King David. It also describes how to obtain peace -- a peace that sustains us even in the ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 11/23/22
First Sunday of Advent
Hope is the theme of the First Sunday of Advent. In the readings for Mass, Isaiah describes a future in which all is well because (1) God is recognized as the highest authority and (2) obeying him is the people's highest priority.
This vision gave ... Read More »