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Obispos Católicos de Cuba sobre anuncio de relaciones US/Cuba

Hispanic families: hope for the Church

Hispanic families: hope for the Church

Joy and skepticism greet Cuba announcement

Joy and skepticism greet Cuba announcement

Archbishop Wenski's statement on Cuba announcement

Archbishop Wenski's statement on Cuba announcement

Traditions, charity, foster Advent spirit

Traditions, charity, foster Advent spirit

CHS' Nursing Centers recognized in Quality Initiative Program

CHS' Nursing Centers recognized in Quality Initiative Program

Sts. Peter and Paul: Oasis for immigrants

Sts. Peter and Paul: Oasis for immigrants

¿Quién causa tanta alegría?

¿Quién causa tanta alegría?

Heart of Christmas: Archdiocese gives to families in need

Heart of Christmas: Archdiocese gives to families in need

Celebrate the birth of Christ at Mass with Archbishop Wenski

Celebrate the birth of Christ at Mass with Archbishop Wenski

Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Baldacchino to celebrate Filipino Advent tradition

Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Baldacchino to celebrate Filipino Advent tradition

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Luke 1:26-38

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Dec. 21, 2014

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

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Rev. Juan J. Sosa

Saint Joseph

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Dec. 21, 2014

Although he is King, David cannot do much without trusting God. This is one possible summary of today’s first reading. God wants David’s dynasty of prevail for all times, not through aggression or violence but through the peace that belongs to those who trust in him. In the second reading. Saint Paul affirms that the strength of the community comes from God, who loves them deeply.

In the Gospel, we feel the force of the divine grace that embraced the humble maiden of Nazareth to transform her into the Mother of the Savior. Today we are invited to catch a glimpse of the lights that announce the Incarnation of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary. For several days now, during the Christmas novena, this announcement has been celebrated through pastorelas, aguinaldos, and other local gatherings.

It is recommended that community leaders bring together their groups and prepare them to visit their neighborhood to help others reflect upon and celebrate this great mystery that transformed the human race.

Rev. Juan J. Sosa

God Joins Our Dysfunctional Family

Advent Day 23 - December 22, 2014

The opening lines of Matthew's Gospel-and hence the first words that one reads in the New Testament-are a listing of the genealogy of Jesus, the 42 generations that stretch from Abraham to Christ. If the Word truly became flesh, then God had, not only a mother, but also a grandmother, cousins, great-aunts, and weird uncles. If the Word truly dwelt among us, then he was part of a family that, like most, was fairly dysfunctional, a mix of the good and bad, the saintly and the sinful, the glorious and the not so glorious. And this is such good news for us.

Let me highlight just a few figures from Jesus' family tree. Matthew tells us that the Messiah was descended from Jacob, a great patriarch and hero of Israel, and also a man who wrestled with God. In a lyrical passage from the 32nd chapter of the book of Genesis, we hear that Jacob struggled all night with the Lord and was wounded permanently in the process. I imagine that there are some reading these words who have wrestled all their lives with God, questioning, doubting, wondering, struggling mightily with the Lord, perhaps even bearing spiritual wounds as a consequence. Well, the Messiah came forth from Jacob and was pleased to be a relative of this fighter.

Matthew's genealogy informs us that Ruth was an ancestor of the Lord. Ruth was not an Israelite, but rather a Moabite, a foreigner. I would be willing to bet that there are some reading this who have felt all their lives like outsiders, not part of the "in" crowd, perhaps looked at askance by others. Well, the Messiah came forth from Ruth the foreigner and was pleased to be her relative.

And then there is Rahab. As you recall from the book of Joshua, Rahab was a prostitute living and working in Jericho at the time of the Israelite conquest of the promised land. Are there people reading these words who feel like Rahab? Who think that their whole lives have been sunk in sin, who have become unrecognizable to themselves? Well, the Messiah came forth from Rahab the prostitute, and he was pleased to be her relative.

The good news of Christmas is that God himself pushed into the dysfunctional and ambiguous family of man. And he continues to join us, even though we, like so many of his Israelite ancestors, are unworthy of him. Like them, we are flawed, compromised, half-finished. But he becomes our brother anyway. That's the amazing grace of the Incarnation.

Source: Word on Fire

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