32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time year B Los Angeles, November 7th/8th, 2015

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

year B

Los Angeles, November 7th/8th, 2015

1st Reading: from the 1sr Book of the Kings 17:10-16

Psalm : 146:7,8-9,9-10

2º Reading: from the letter to the Hebrews 9:24-28

Gospel: Saint Mark 12:38-44

We can summarize the liturgy of this Sunday in two words: boldness and giving.

Boldness:

The first reading from this Sunday talks to us about two people who dare to have confidence. The prophet Elijah has the audacity to announce to the widow that she will neither run out of flour nor oil, in spite of the famine from which the country is suffering. The prophet has confidence in God and he dares to invite the widow to share with him in confidence. The widow of Zarephath does not ask for proof or guarantees before acting. She dares to believe that the prophet’s words are true and she has the courage and boldness to share what little she possesses without being afraid of starving.

Our Christian faith always invites us to dare to live in confidence and to take bold actions in order to show that God is with us and we will want for nothing.

We need to be courageous and take bold actions in the face of difficult situations that so often present themselves in life.

Christians must boldly announce to the world that peace and justice are possible in spite of the wars and injustice that the media announce to us every day. Christians must have the boldness to take actions that build peace and justice all around us.

Fear, distrust, and the lack of confidence do not allow us to progress. Being timid paralyzes us, leads us into conformity and keeps us from changing and progressing.

Let us not be afraid to be bold. In the Bible there are many examples where the boldness of a person is at the starting point of a miracle or an important change in somebody’s life.

Giving.

The two widows that the Word God teaches us this Sunday are two women who boldly give.

These two women have many reasons not to give. They could have kept the little they had for their survival. But they chose to give, and to give all.

Jesus commends the woman who gives, the woman who shares everything she has to live on.

These two women are an example for us. Far too often, we do not give because we are afraid of not having enough. Sometimes we do not give because we think we are not rich enough to give what we have.

Giving is one of the characteristics of the Christian. God gave us life, creation, the Holy Spirit, and He even gave us his Son.

Christ also gave his life for us. We are invited to give because we have freely received much.

Giving is the only act that does not work according to mathematical laws. Those who give do not see their riches diminish; on the contrary, they see that what they have multiply.

Let us give boldly: this is the advice that the Word of God offers us this Sunday.

Amen.

Fr. Germán

32º Domingo del tiempo de la Iglesia 

Año Litúrgico B

Los Ángeles, 8 noviembre del 2012

1ª lectura: del 1er libro de los Reyes 17,10-16

Salmo: 145(146)7.8-9.9-10

2ª lectura: de la carta a los Hebreos 9,24-28

Evangelio: de San Marcos 12, 38-44

 

La liturgia de éste domingo puede resumirse en dos palabras:

Atreverse y dar.

Atreverse.

La primera lectura de éste domingo, nos habla de dos personas que se atreven a tener confianza. El profeta Elías tiene la audacia de anunciarle a la viuda que nunca le faltará harina, ni aceite, a pesar de la sequía que sufre su país. El profeta tiene confianza en Dios; y se atreve a invitar a la viuda a compartir con confianza. La viuda de Sarepta no pide pruebas, ni garantías antes de actuar. Ella se atreve a creer que las palabras del profeta son verdaderas. Tiene la fuerza y la audacia de compartir lo poco que posee, sin temor a morir de hambre.

La fe cristiana nos invita siempre a atrevernos a vivir con confianza y actuar con audacia, mostrando que si Dios está con nosotros, nada nos puede faltar.

Necesitamos atrevernos y realizar actos audaces, frente a situaciones difíciles que se presentan en nuestra vida.

Los cristianos deben atreverse a anunciar que la paz y la justicia son posibles, a pesar de las guerras y las injusticias que los medios de comunicación nos muestran todos los días. Los cristianos deben tener la audacia de realizar actos que construyen la paz y la justicia, alrededor de ellos.

El miedo, la desconfianza o la falta de confianza no nos dejan avanzar. El no atreverse nos paraliza, nos conduce al conformismo, nos impide cambiar y progresar.

No tengamos miedo de atrevernos. En la Biblia hay muchos ejemplos, en los cuales la audacia de una persona está al origen de un milagro, o de un cambio importante en la vida de alguien.

Dar.

Las dos viudas de las cuales la Palabra de Dios nos habla éste domingo, son dos mujeres que se atreven a dar.

Estas dos mujeres tienen muchas razones para no dar. Hubiesen podido conservar lo poco que tenían para sobrevivir. Pero, escogen dar y darlo todo.

Jesús admira esa mujer que da sin miedo, que comparte todo lo que tiene para vivir.

Estas dos mujeres son un ejemplo para nosotros. Frecuentemente, no damos porque nos da miedo que luego nos falte algo. A veces no damos lo suficiente, porque creemos que no somos lo suficientemente ricos para dar lo que tenemos.

Dar es una de las características del cristiano. Dios no dio la vida, la creación, el Espíritu Santo y nos dio incluso a su Hijo.

Cristo dio su vida por nosotros. Nosotros estamos invitados a dar, porque hemos recibido mucho gratuitamente.

El don es el único acto que no responde a las leyes matemáticas. Quien da no ve su riqueza disminuir, sino que por lo contrario observa que sus bienes se multiplican.

Atrevámonos a dar, ese es el consejo que la Palabra de Dios nos propone éste domingo.

Amén

P. Germán
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