Friday, August 29, 2014


ü  The prophet Jeremiah confesses that he cannot stop saying what God reveals to him, it is like a fire in his bones that impulses him to continue speaking.     
ü  Jesus says that whoever wants to follow him has to deny him or herself.   
ü  Paul invites us to offer ourselves as a living and holy sacrifice pleasing to God.    
FIRST READING   Jer 20:7-9
v  This Reading is taken from the last section called “confessions of Jeremiah” which begin on chapter 10. 
v  Through this chapters we find what has been called “confessions” which are texts that reveal a unique intimacy of Jeremiah with God. All these texts are especially beautiful and show to us the portrait of a man in love with God.   
v  You have seduced me… these are strong words which reveal the inner struggle of a man completely in love with God and at the same time tired to suffer for the cause of the Word which becomes fire inside of him.   
v  You were stronger than me so you overcome me, this is a very strong image which describes very well what happens when a man seduces a woman. Jeremiah says that this is what has happened to him in relation to God.    
v  The complain of Jeremiah is that since that seduction he has to speak in the name of God who reveals to him the sufferings which his people will experienced due to their unfaithfulness.   
v  Jeremiah says that he has taken the decisión neither  to speak anymore in the name of God nor to listen anymore.  
v  But what happens?
v  The Word becomes fire inside of him and he has to give it, pronounce it, utter it because he cannot resist the suffering caused by his keeping the Word for himself, he has to share it.      
v  What a wonderful image of the love of the Word, of the power of seduction that the Word has.   
v  Have we allowed ourselves to be seduced as Jeremiah was? Is the Word of God a fire which consumes our most inner being.  
v  If this is not so yet, let us ask God, let us ask Jesus that his Word may become fire that consume us so that we may be able to put in fire of his love  the whole world.   
 RESPONSORIAL PSALM  Ps  63: 2,  3-4,  5-6, 8-9. 
O God you are my God whom I seek
For you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
Like the earth, parched lifeless and without water 
So have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
To see your power and your glory
For your kindness is a greater good than life
My lips shall glorify you.
Thus will I bless you while I live
Lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied
And with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.  
You are my help,
And in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy
My soul clings fast to you
Your right hand upholds me. 
ü  This psalm shows an intimacy similar to the first Reading. 
ü  You are my God, I seek you, I adhere myself to you, I raise my hands to you...    
ü  God is everything for the psalmist who says his longing for God, his attraction towards God.   
GOSPEL Mt 16:21-27
v  After Peter’s confession, “You are the Christ, the Messiah” which we read last Sunday, Jesus begins to teach the apostles what does it mean that he is the Christ. 
v  To be the Christ, the faithfulness to his mission will entail sufferings for Jesus, persecution, humiliation and death.      
v  But death will not be the end, because he will rise again on the third day.   
v  What does it mean that he will rise again? What does he want to tell us? We do not understand…   
v  Peter, the man who is the closest friend of Jesus, whom he loves with his entire being, Peter always impulsive speaks again, but now he does not repeat the words which the Father has told him, but his own words.   
v  God forbid,  Lord! How can this be true? It is impossible, you are the Christ, do you not remember? And the Christ cannot neither suffer, nor be defeated.    
v  Peter you think as a man, Jesus is inviting them, inviting all of us, to see the events of our life, of history with the eyes of the Father who knows what is good for us.     
v  The answer of Jesus is harsh “go behind me Satan” what did Peter feel when he Heard these words of Jesus calling him the tempter, the seducer.    
v  Did Peter with his words have the power to be a temptation for Jesus? This is a mystery which goes beyond our understanding
v  Maybe Jesus was experiencing something similar to what  Jeremiah experienced?    I will not speak anymore about you, but I could not, your word is fire inside of me. Maybe the words of Peter were echo of the temptation in the desert: you can be a Messiah in an easier way and at the same time more spectacular, you will see how everyone follows you… transform the stones into bread… throw yourself down from the Temple… kneel before me
v  Why does Jesus say to Peter “get behind me” which has the same meaning as go after me? Because who goes first is the teacher, the disciple follows the teacher.     
v  And Jesus gives teaches them a lesson, the great revelation  
o   Whoever wants to come after  me, get behind me   
§  Must deny himself or herself
§  Take his or her cross, his or her own life
o   And come after me, why?
§  For whoever wishes to save  his or her life will lose it
§  But whoever loses his or her life for my sake will find it.
§  What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his or her life
§  O what can one give in Exchange for his life?
v  This Gospel puts in front of us the fundamental question of our life, the following of Jesus we have been called to, even before we had been conceived, and which has become visible and public at our baptism. 
v  In our baptism we were submerged into the death and resurrection of Jesus to be other Christs, and thus continue in the world his mission to seek the brothers and sisters who has gone astray.   
v  The Gospel ends with these words of Jesus: the Son of Man will come at the end of time, he will not come in poverty and humility as in the first coming, but he will come in the glory of the Father, which is also his glory, and he will give to each one what is due.   
v  Come Lord Jesus and you who are the way, walk with us so that when you come at the end of times, you will say to us the so long expected words “come you blessed from my Father, because you loved me in each one of your brothers and sisters in need who you met on the journey of your life.”      
*      Paul exhorts us to offer ourselves, our bodies, our own being to God as an aceptable and holy offering. 
*      IN the day of our baptism we were anointed “priest, prophet and king.” Our priestly being enables us to offer sacrifices to God, and our sacrifice is our own life “your bodies”
*      What a consolation and what enthusiasm these words awaken in us, knowing that our life, simple, sometimes broken, hidden from the eyes of the great public, this my life can be an offering pleasing to God, if I offer it with simplicity and humility.     
*      My life becomes then a worship of adoration to God. 
*      Yes, my life as a husband or as a wife, as son or daughter, as an older person or as a Young person… My life has the possibility to be an  offering of adoration to my God.    
*      Paul continues and invites us not to conformed our mind to the mind of the word of sin, the world that lives far from God and of the good of others.  
*      Let us allow the Lord to transform ourselves, by the renewal of our mind, our way to look at life, allow the Spirit of Jesus to enkindle in us the fire of the Spirit, so that we may know what is good and pleasing to God our Father, to Jesus our brother and to the Spirit, our teacher.   
After we reached the port in less than an hour, all the city knew already the news that “Rosalia” had entered. Everybody considered it lost by fatal information spread everywhere. (I do not know how it could be known because, since the day when the water started to enter, God our Lord who made himself our helper, did not permit us to meet any other ship so that nobody could get us out of the peril but his omnipotent hand). Then, it was said that some of the passengers were nuns, and God moved a very devout lady to pity so intensely that in that very moment sent her husband to offer us their whole house and personnel. Being unable to disembark in this port because of the storm, this good gentleman sent a recommendation letter through boats, which look like a horse over the foams of that stormy sea (it also brought provision of foods) this letter was address to a friend of his Lanzarote – where it was so suppose d would land and he told him to do for us all what he would do for his own family. This friend fulfilled it so delicately that it was necessary to put an end to his excesses.  Venerable Maria Antonia Paris, Foundress of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, 153 
 I remained in the capital, where I inaugurated the pastoral visitation, starting in the cathedral and then going through the parishes.  Every day administered the Sacrament of Confirmation. There were a great many to be confirmed, and so, to avoid confusion, I had some forms printed and distributed the right quantity of them to the rectories the day before confirmations. These forms were then filled in with such data as the names of those to be confirmed, their parents, and their sponsors. This helped avoid confusion and crowding and made it easier to record the data later with greater accuracy and leisure. I always followed this procedure, and it worked quite well with all those I confirmed – and that came to no less than 300,000 persons during my stay of six years and two months on the island. Beside the visitation and confirmations, I preached on all Sundays and holy days of obligation. I never failed to preach, no matter what part of the diocese I happened to be in at the time.  Toward the beginning of June I left the city and went to Caney, to conclude the mission that Father Stephen and Father Curríus had started and were very successfully carrying on. After confirming everyone, I preached the closing service of the mission. Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Founder of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, Autobiography 515-516
CLARET, Antonio María Claret, Autobiografía.
PAGOLA, José A.   El camino abierto por Jesús. PPC 2012
PARIS, María Antonia, Autobiografía
STOCK, Klemens. La Liturgia de la Palabra. Ciclo A (Mateo)  2007
LA BIBLIA, traducción tomada de la página web del Vaticano.
LA BIBLIA DE NUESTRO PUEBLO. Texto de Luis Alonso Schökel.  


Thursday, August 21, 2014


ü  In the first reading God, by the voice of the prophet Isaiah, speaks to a steward from the king’s palace. This man, according from what Isaiah says to him, was unfaithful to his call. God tells him that he will be removed from his position.    
ü  In the Gospel Jesus promises to give to Peter the keys of the Kingdom, in some way He is saying that He will take them from the people of the election and give them to the new people.   
ü  Paul speaks of the wisdom of God, and says that everything is oriented toward Him
FIRST READING   Is 22:19-23 
Ø  Who was  Shebna?
o   A high functionary of the palace of Hezekiah; a steward or treasurer (Is 22:15).    Isaiah reproaches him  because he has built into the rock a tomb for himself, and tells him that he will die in a foreign land    (ls. 22:15-19). He reproaches him because he has done that when his people was in danger.    
Ø  And what do we know about Hezekiah?  
He was King when the Syrian army invaded Judah. This event has been recorded not only in the Bible, but also in a clay prism on which Sennacherib reported the same event. This prism is kept in the Oriental Museum of Chicago.  
The inscription on the prism says: The fear to my majesty terrorized Hezekiah who sent to me as a tribute: 800 pieces of silver, ivory and all sorts of gifts including some women from his palace. This confirms the biblical account found in  2 Reyes 18:13-15: 
Ø  Isaiah gives to this steward a message from God. This man had forgotten that he was only a steward of goods that did not belong to him.   .
Ø  In a kingdom the goods belong not only to the King but to the whole people as well
Ø  This man had forgotten this and had used part of these goods to build for himself a tomb so that his name would be remembered. 
Ø  It is true that his name is remembered in history, but not to praise him, but to learn from him the need to be honest, simple and humble
Ø  None of us in entitle to use our position for our own convenience.  Jesus never did it.
Ø  This positions or ministries are to give us the opportunity to do good and to serve.   
RESPONSORIAL PSALM : Ps 138:  1-2a  2bc-3 6. 8bc
I will give thanks to you O Lord, with all my heart
For you have heard the words of my mouth
In the presence of the angels I will sing your praise
I will worship at your holy  temple.
I will give thanks to your name
Because of your kindness and your truth
When I called you answered me
You built up strength within me.
The Lord is exalted yet the lowly he sees
And the proud he knows from afar
Your kindness, O Lord, endures forever;
Forsake not the work of your hands.
ü  This psalm is a song of  praise to God who never abandons the work of his hand.   
ü  But  brings it to perfection,
ü  God has to be praised by all and  for all.   
ü  What a wonderful thought to acknowledge that creation which does not have a voice, praises God by simply being!  
ü  We need to learn to listen to these voices that sing always and everywhere the praises of the Creator for his wonderful Works.    
GOSPEL  Mt 15:21-28
v  Jesus comes to the region of   Caesarea of Philippi.  
o   When they got there Jesus asked his disciples a question. It seems that he wants to know what people think of him.    
o   Knowing Jesus we realize that this is not what he wants, that this question has another goal.     
o   Jesus is too free about himself to be preoccupied by the opinion of others.   
o   As we continue reading this story we realize that the question leads the apostles to listen to the voice of the Father, who has the real answer about Jesus.   
v   Peter answers the question, Peter, the vehement Peter, has been able to listen in the depth of his heart the silent and at the same time loud voice of the Father.   
v  You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.   
v  Very good answer Peter, but certainly it is not yours it is the Father’s.   
v  And Jesus promises to Peter to make him the rock upon which his church will be built. The church that is the community of the faithful summoned by the love of the Triune God.  
v  He will also give to Peter the “keys” that is to say the stewardship of this Kingdom.  
v  Whatever you bind will be bound, and whatever you unbind will be unbound, in a word I give you my possessions my treasure to be administered by you in behalf of your brothers and sisters, who are also my brothers and sisters.   
v  The gospel message ends with one of those enigmatic prohibitions of Jesus.  
v  Some explain this as telling them, do not say this now but wait until after my resurrection because people are not ready now.
v  This gospel passage is used many times to ask us about who Jesus is?  
v  But this Sunday the emphasis is not on the person of Jesus, but of Peter upon which the Lord Jesus will build his church day by day with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit and ours as well.   
SECOND READING   Rom 11:33-36
*      This Reading is a song of praise full of wonder to the wisdom of God.  
*      Paul acknowledges, probably because he has experienced it in his own life, that the mind of God is unsearchable and his judgments are inscrutable, they are beyond our understanding.    
*      And Paul asks himself    
o   Who knows the mind of God?   
o   Who gives him counsel?   
o   Who has given the Lord anything, that he may be repaid?
o   All has been made by Him and for Him.    
o   To Him the glory for ever. Yes, the glory only to Him.    
 The fight in imminent danger of death lasted 29 days. Looking for a port of refuge against so difficult and fatal incidents in which it seemed we were going to perish at any moment, especially in the port of Sta. Cruz de Tenerife where we first cast anchor, planning to disembark, considering ourselves already saved. But, after 24 hours of casting anchor, a violent storm suddenly arose that threw us out of the port with a tremendous risk of the ship being shattered against the rocks. In this port, our Lord taught me experientially his fatherly care towards his creatures.
I had made many  acts of abandonment and self- offering in the arms of the Divine providence in the midst of so many perils, being certain and most sure  that God is never short of means to help his children in their necessities even in that immense space of waters where we had no other refuge than the violent waves . This faith so alive, that God has put in my soul made me rest in the midst of so many fights. And in this way God willed to show that the one who puts all his hope In his infinite power would never be confounded.  Venerable María Antonia París, Foundress of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, Autobiography  151-152.
On my return to Santiago, the capital city of the diocese, I began a mission that lasted until March 25, when a general Communion service was held. There was an unbelievably large crowd, both for the sermons and for the general Communion service. While I was giving one mission in the cathedral, Father Vilaró was giving another in the church of St. Francis, the next largest church in the city after the cathedral, and on the Sunday following the Feast of the Annunciation I went to give Communion in the church of St. Francis.
I also conducted the Spiritual Exercises for the entire clergy: canons, pastors, beneficiaries, etc. This was my yearly practice as long as I was on the island.  For the greater convenience of all concerned, however, I also had them held in the principal cities of the diocese. Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Founder of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, Autobiography  511-512.
CLARET, Antonio María Claret, Autobiografía.
PAGOLA, José A.   El camino abierto por Jesús. PPC 2012
PARIS, María Antonia, Autobiografía
STOCK, Klemens. La Liturgia de la Palabra. Ciclo A (Mateo)  2007