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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 24, 2020
Domenico Ghirlandaio / Public domainReadings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 82nd Reading: Romans 11:33-36Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 Jesus said, And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. First of all, let us go to the OT and recall that in the Psalms, God
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Twentieth Sunday

Aug 19, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 82nd Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus tests the woman in today's Gospel. She is begging him for help – she asks him to have pity on her daughter. But He says "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." The woman was not an Israelite, she was from Canaan. But she
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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 13, 2020
Paul Brill / Public domainReadings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Resp. Psalm: Psalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-142nd Reading: Romans 9:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33 What our readings tell us today is that we have to have faith in God.In the First Reading Elijah searched for God. But before Elijah got to the cave when God spoke to him, he had been traveling
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Eighteenth Stunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 07, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-182nd Reading: Romans 8:35-39Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21 It is a trick of the devil to try to make us think and believe that nobody loves us – that God does not exist. That God is always ready to punish us and watches our every move so that He can get us back. This is not true at all. God loves us. He gives
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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 12, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11Resp. Psalm: Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 142nd Reading: Romans 8:18-23Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23In the first reading the prophet Isaiah said that God's Word has an effect. Just as water from Heaven in the form of rain makes the earth fertile and makes plants and trees grow and bear fruit, listening and acting on God's Word will make us grown in the faith, and help the
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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Times

Jun 25, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-352nd Reading: Romans 5:12-15 Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33 The only truly just One is God. We know that when we are judged at the end of our lives, as St. John of the Cross tells us, it will be done in love. Times of examination can be scary, like going to the doctor, evaluations at school or at work, going
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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Jun 12, 2020
Szymon Czechowicz / Public domainReadings: 1st Reading: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9Resp. Psalm: Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 552nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13Gospel: John 3:16-18God is Love. Jesus, God's only Son is Love and the Holy Spirit is Love. Jesus revealed to us while he was on earth that God is three in One. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Now in technical theological language,
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On Marian Visions

May 24, 2020
As we continue to honor Mary in this month of May I would like share a few words on Marian apparitions or visions[1], a topic I mentioned in my last reflection. I had explained how the relationship of us Carmelites to Our Lady is founded on Sacred Scripture and the Church's teachings more than on these extraordinary phenomena. In this we attempt to live a life similar to hers, which was led by the
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Reflection: Suggestions During Quarantine Time

Apr 25, 2020
Greetings in our Risen Lord! We hope and pray you are well. As we continue to live through the new reality of our quarantine time, I would like to share with you some suggestions that may be helpful.• Create a schedule. This can help you to live a balanced life, which is very important especially now that you are spending most or all of your time at home. Following a good schedule can contribute
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Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 22, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-242nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Gospel: John 20:19-31 In the first reading we read that the people took what Jesus did and taught mediated to them by the teaching of the Apostles, to heart. In holding their possessions and finances in common to help those according to their need speaks of the responsibility
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Easter Reflection

Apr 15, 2020
With Christ's Resurrection God fully reveals the new logic of his Kingdom, a logic that defies worldly values and categories, and transcends human logic. It is a new order of things that is always surprising and uplifting, showing that his love in its apparent weakness and inefficiency is the greatest power in the universe and the only one capable of redeeming all
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Presentation of the Lord

Feb 07, 2020
Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Malachi 3:1-4Resp. Psalm Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 102nd Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18Gospel: Luke 2:22-40Jesus was presented in the Temple in accord with the law of God. Everything was done according to the law because Jesus came to fulfill the law. He asks us to be obedient to His laws because He is obedient to His Father. He shows us the way to be
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Epiphany Sunday

Jan 06, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Resp. Psalm Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-132nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12The Light that has been awaited is now here! Unfortunately there are many who do not want to see the light, Jesus Christ, because now this necessitates change.It's one thing to change when we feel like it but quite another issue when we are forced by certain
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Solemnity of Christ the King

Nov 25, 2019
Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 Resp. Psalm Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:12-20 Gospel: Luke 23:35-43 Long Live Christ the King! Viva Cristo Rey! What are the implications of Christ being our King? It means we are His royal subjects and that we must obey His commands if we choose to be part of His Kingdom and also enjoy the benefits. It is an open
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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oct 07, 2019
Readings:1st Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4Resp. Psalm Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-92nd Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14Gospel: Luke 17:5-10When God tells us something, just as anyone else, He wants us to listen. However, God's word to us has priority. We may not understand what He is saying to us but point is that we take time to listen. We should pay attention to what we say in
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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 03, 2019
Image by Holger Schué from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21Resp. Psalm Psalm 117: 1, 22nd Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13Gospel: Luke 13:22-30Discipline is hard to endure but it is worth the effort when it comes from God. One could say - let's wake up at 4 in the morning every day: it's good discipline. Maybe so, but what is the point? There is a story that a professor
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Second Sunday of Lent

Mar 18, 2019
Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18Resp.: Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-142nd Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36The Transfiguration of Our Lord took place to give his Apostles hope. Despite what would happen to Jesus during his passion, he appeared greater than the two most important people in the Jewish faith: Moses and Elijah.For us, this should be evidence that Heaven does
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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oct 02, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Numbers 11:25-29Resp.: Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 (9a)2nd Reading: James 5:1-6Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 This Sunday's readings remind us that we live for the next world, not for this one. What does it matter if we don't have things in our lives the way we would prefer? If we suffer these losses for the sake of God's Kingdom, that is,
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Ascension Sunday

May 13, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Acts 1:1­-11Resp.: Psalm 47:2­3, 6­7, 8­9(6) 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17­-23 Gospel: Mark 16:15­-20Jesus gives today what is called the Great Commission. He tells his apostles to go out through all the world and tell the good news. He asks them to do great things for his kingdom, but one day he will return the same way
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Fourth Sunday of Lent 'B'

Mar 11, 2018
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Second Sunday of Lent Sunday of Lent

Feb 24, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18  Responsorial: 116: 10, 15, 16-17, 18-19  2nd Reading: Romans 8:31b-34 Gospel: Mark 9:2-10The inner circle of Apostles, Peter James and John went up the mountain with Jesus where Jesus was transfigured. Jesus's appearance changed to what He is, light – the Light of the world. What we are called to on this earth is
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Wedding at Cana – Part 2 of 2

Feb 20, 2018
Mary and the Mystery of CanaA second very important thing about this gospel is that at the wedding feast at Cana, which symbolized the new Kingdom of grace, the Mother of Jesus was there. Mary’s presence at Cana was not just an aside. She was not there by mistake. She was not there by happenstance.  Notice, the Mary is spoken of in this gospel passage even before Jesus is mentioned.
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Nuestra Señora la Santísima Virgen María

Dec 16, 2017
      En estos días de Adviento la Iglesia entra en un tiempo de espera orante por la llegada de Jesús, en compañía de la Santísima Virgen.  La Palabra de Dios nos presenta a María desde varias perspectivas.  Una de ellas es como la morada del Dios vivo. Leemos en el Segundo libro de Samuel: “David reunió una vez más a los selectos
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Second Sunday of Advent 'A' Homily – Part 2

Dec 10, 2016
John the Baptist          On this Second Sunday of the New Church Year, John the Baptist stands before the ages and us in Chapter 3 of St. Matthew. He shouts out an invitation to repentance. He warns of impending judgment. He exhorts us to find security only int the Lord himself, not in superficial religious identity and external observances:For God can raise up children of
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Homily for Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jun 12, 2015
"The following homily was given to the friars of the province gathered in San Antonio for our annual provincial assembly on Tuesday, June 9. It is by Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCD." The readings of the day were FIRST READING 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 Brothers and sisters:As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.”
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Lenten Meditations with St. Teresa of Avila at Little Flower Basilica, San Antonio

Apr 14, 2014
From Monday March 31st to Friday April 4th the Discalced Carmelite Friars of our San Antonio community gave the parishioners of Little Flower Church a series of lenten meditations based on St. Teresa’s writings. These were offered both in English and Spanish and were well attended by a group of some of our enthusiastic parishioners. The Pastor, Fr. Luis G. Belmonte chose different and very evocative
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