In these times of political division, this Feast Reminds us that all Nations have but one and the same King, Jesus Christ King of the Universe. All earthly authority comes from Him, and must be exercised in accords with the values of His Kingdom. He is Truth. He is Love. We can never seek worldly ends, even good ones, by adopting means that betray His Kingdom. His ways are our Highest authority, and His ways have already triumphed over the ways of the world. The scene of Judgement we hear of in todays Gospel, where Jesus separates the sheep from the goats, teaches not that we are saved by our works, but that our citizenship in God's Kingdom, by grace through faith, expresses itself in our lives as it did in the live of our Shepherd King Jesus Christ, in laying down His life for all, especially the most vulnerable, the lost and wounded in His flock.
Our meaning and purpose can be easily expressed. Today's parable of the servants given 1, 2 and 5 talents sums it all up. We live between the two comings of Christ. The two comings is God's plan to establish the Kingdom in Power in the second coming, but through the first coming, bring as many into it as possible! This design is in perfect fulfillment of His Justice and Mercy. And we are part of the plan! How can more enter the Kingdom as Jesus delay's His second coming, unless we invite them? This is our mission and purpose; to be His disciples, and use our gifts and talents to build up His Kingdom. That's it! :-)
Homila del Padre Carlos
This parable of the ten virgins gives us a great image of what our life now is like, as we prepare for the coming of the Bridegroom (Jesus). During this time between the two comings of Christ we should focus on; deepening our spirituality, simplifying our life, and sharing the Light of Christ with others. Jesus asks us to "Stay Awake", so that his delay will be an opportunity for more to be saved. Here are some practical tips; Pray with Scripture, receive the Sacraments, Serve one another, and Study (PSSS). Additionally, live in the moment day by day.
Homilia del Padre Carlos.
Homily on All Saints day, based on Revelation Ch 7. We are not saved because we are forgiven, we are forgiven so we can be saved. Freedom from past sins allows us to open ourselves to be joined to Christ. Our being joined to him, transforms us. We celebrate the saints because we are happy for them, but also to remind us of our destiny to be in that number. We are called to Holiness, a lifelong process of Transformation from our sinful self, to Christ likeness. This homily shares scriptural passages about our transformation so as to MOTIVATE us to want to be a saint, and include the needed discipline in our lives, to develop our Spiritual life, so to let God's Holy Spirit Transform us into saints.
It is easy to say "I Love God" and fool ourselves, because we are loving an image of God we've created. To love others is the true test, and training ground, of how we learn to love, by laying down our lives for others. Jesus goes on to ask his disciples to lay down their life for Him, and His Kingdom. This is impossible for us to do on our own. There is a Secret. We can encounter God's love so powerfully, that changed by this Love, we learn to Love more like Christ.
homilia del padre Carlosl.