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St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church JESUS CHRIST THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015

   

"You say I am king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

"Tú lo has dicho. Soy rey. Yo nací y vine al mundo para ser testigo de la verdad. Todo el que es de la verdad, escucha mi voz”.

John 18:37

Juan 18:37

NUESTRO SEÑOR JESUCRISTO REY DEL UNIVERSO DOMINGO, 22 DE NOVIEMBRE 2015 CLERGY PRIESTS: Rev. Salvador Guzmán Rev. James Yamauchi DEACONS: George Polcer, John Rapier, Sid Little, Juan Jorge Hernández Parish Office: 972-542-4667 Fax: 972-542-4641 Faith Formation Office: 972-542-4685 Mailing Address: 411 Paula Road McKinney, Texas 75069 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm Office is closed on Saturday & Sunday After Hours Sick Call & Funeral Request: 469.667.7324

Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday: Vigil Mass 5:00pm Sunday: 8:00am & 11:30am Spanish: 9:30am & 1:30pm

Confessions

Adoration

Thursday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Saturday 3:0pm - 4:00pm

Thursday 6:00pm - 7:00pm 1st Friday of the month   - 12noon  8:30am

Daily Masses Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:00 am Tuesday and Thursday: 5:30 pm

Holy Family (Quasi-Parish) 919 Spence Road  P.O. Box 482 Van Alstyne, Texas 75495  903.482.6322 Website: www.holyfamily-vanalstyne.org Mass Times: Sunday 9:00am English 12 noon Spanish Thursday 9:00am English

Mass Intentions for the Week of: November 21 - 28 Saturday, November 21 5:00 pm Friends of Suffering Souls, esp. deceased members of FOSS  Mavis P. Layton Sunday, November 22 8:00 am Eugene “Moose” Barszcz 9:30 am  Antonia Alvarez;  Luis Alberto Garnica  Teofilo Mesta 11:30 am  Stacie George 1:30 pm  Miriam Zapata de Trillos;  Mardonio Tula Monday, November 23 8:00 am John & Frances McNamara Tuesday, November 24 5:30 pm  Ida Gastelum Christy Lane Wednesday, November 25 8:00 am  Walter Anderson Sarah Oliver Thursday, November 26 10:00 am Antonio R. Pruneda Sarah Oliver Friday, November 27 8:00 am  Miriam Zapata de Trillos Sarah Oliver Saturday, November 28 5:00 pm  Mr. & Mrs. Julius Michna Priscilla Rodriguez

Mass Readings for November 22 - 29 22 Nov. – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Dn 7:13-14; Psalm 93; Rv 1:5-8; Jn 18:33-37 23 Nov. – Sts. Clement I, Columban; Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro Dn 1:1-6, 8-20; (Ps) Dn 3:52-56; Lk 21:1-4 Tue., 24 Nov. – St. Andrew Düng-Lac and Companions Dn 2:31-45; (Ps) Dn 3:57-61; Lk 21:5-11 Wed., 25 Nov. – St. Catherine of Alexandria Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; (Ps) Dn 3:62-67; Lk 21:12-19

Thursday, 26 November – Thanksgiving Day Dn 6:12-28; (Ps) Dn 3:68-74; Lk 21:20-28 Friday, 27 November Dn 7:2-14; (Ps) Dn 3:75-81; Lk 21:29-33 Saturday, 28 November Dn 7:15-27; (Ps) Dn 3:82-87; Lk 21:34-36 29 November – First Sunday of Advent

Jer 33:14-16; Ps. 25; 1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty. psalm 93

Christ Child Mass Tuesday, December 15th 5:30pm (Church) All are invited to bring a new unwrapped baby item for the offering. All items collected at this Mass will be donated to the White Rose Women’s Center; their mission is to help new mothers and their babies. Your donations will be put to good use. - Sponsored by the St. Michael’s Women’s Guild

We pray for those in need of healing

May the Holy Spirit Light Their Way

Milagros de la Torre, John Biancamano, George Nixon, Petra Herrera Garza, Audrey Kinney, Mary Glenn, Raul Lopez Bernal, Pat Guidry, Pam Godie, Marge Rodkey, Connie Aubrey, Berth Godoy-Montecillo, Ana Rodriguez, Sandy Catin, Alan Mesta, Miguel Gil, Evelyn Matias, Walt Simmons, Stephen Kalitta, Lorenzo Vasquez, Cecilia Vasquez, Margarita Rodriguez, Carmen Valdivia, John E. Deibel, Margaret Burns Fincher, Rachel Willis, Sr., Odalis Meza, Caiden Meza, Lupe Gomez, Apolina Pacheo, Katherina Mercado, Al Frettoloso, Marcie Roberts, Virginia Macias, Moises Trejo, Walker Phillips, Patricia Liseth Bueno, Martha Gonzalez, Celia Pearson, Maria Portillo, Kenadi Pearson, Leticia Glavan, Kristina Ruiz, Claudia Carreño, Maricela Granados, Carmen Galvan, Melissa Rubio Zuniga, Terry Good, Bertha Garay, Juan Arellano, Tom Fox, David Thrower, Stella Thrower, Virginia Guzmán, Richard Flores, Barbara Cowart, Lloyd Bryant, Judy Bryant, Jesus Posada, Ricky Balak, Jesus Garcia, Olivia Duplessy, Daniel Carrasco, Beatriz Salas, Abel Chavez, Jose Sanchez, Kathryn Schmitt, Idolina Gonzalez Santos, Zane Dayton, Kay Dayton, Irma Avila, Leonor Dominguez, Alejandro Gomez, Kristina Greer, Frank Stevens, Art Burke, Kathryn Hale, Gavin Warrick, Tabitha Warrick, Joseph Bell, Kay Stevens, Starnes Family, Andrew Hernandez, Elizabeth Sanchez, Jose Arturo Ramos, Gabriela de la Torre, Susan Heer, Jonathan Martinez, Bertha Villasana, Bonnie Wilkerson, Maria Faz Hernandez, Casimiro A. Diaz, Madeline Prugh, Priscilla Rodriguez, Narciza Bravo, Cipriano Castillo Aguilar,Cheri Mills, Janis Whalen, John Christopher Cortes, Sonia, Claudia Perez, Patricia Trejo, Luis Gonzalez, Florene Hendricks, Deborah Patrone, Susie Alvarez, Fabiola Afanador, Narcisa Bravo, Lourdes Diaz, Maria Louise Sanchez, Dan Crum, Cara Hall, Collville Bain, Judy Coenen, Kelly Claffey.

To add someone to the prayer list for healing, please kindly call the parish office.

Saturday, December 12th 9 A M. to 5:00 P.M. Sunday, December 13th 9: A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

St. Michael's Hall For all who love to bake and love to be crafty, please consider making a donation to this year’s sale. Please come by and shop with us. We will have a lot of arts and craft items and plenty of baked goods to choose from. All proceeds of this sale will go to the St. Michael 's Building Fund.

OUR WEEKLY OFFERING Sunday 1st Collection: $17,227.00 Online Giving: $1,626.00 Total Giving: $18,853.00 Sunday 2nd Collection (Mortgage Reduction): $3,320.00 Online Giving: $452.00 Total Giving: $3,373.00 Attendance: 3,275

Thanksgiving Mass (Bilingual) Thursday, November 26th at 10am

God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. - 1 Corinthians 1:9

The office will be closed at 12noon Wednesday, November 25th We will not have confessions or adoration on Thursday. St. Vincent de Paul has placed the Magi Trees in the church narthex. If you’d like to make this year’s Christmas a little brighter for those in need, please consider taking an ornament off the Magi Tree.

Holy Family Hall Food Distribution is held on the Tuesday & Thursday Open: 2 - 4 pm Second Saturday of the month 8:30 am-9:45 am Helpline: 214-314-5698 Email: [email protected] Thrift Store Donation Pickup Hotline 214.373.7837

Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (23 November 2014) Today’s liturgy invites us to fix our gaze on Christ, the King of the Universe. The beautiful prayer of the Preface reminds us that his kingdom is “a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace”. The readings we have listened to show us how Jesus established his kingdom; how he brings it about in history; and what he now asks of us. First, how Jesus brought about his kingdom: he did so through his closeness and tenderness towards us. He is the Shepherd, of whom the Prophet Ezekiel spoke in the First Reading (cf. 34:11-12, 15-17). These verses are interwoven with verbs which show the care and love that the Shepherd has for his flock: to search, to look over, to gather the dispersed, to lead into pasture, to bring to rest, to seek the lost sheep, to lead back the confused, to bandage the wounded, to heal the sick, to take care of, to pasture. All of these are fulfilled in Jesus Christ: he is truly the “great Shepherd of the sheep and the protector of our souls” (cf. Heb 13:20; 1 Pt 2:25). Those of us who are called to be pastors in the Church cannot stray from this example, if we do not want to become hirelings. In this regard the People of God have an unerring sense for recognizing good shepherds and in distinguishing them from hirelings. After his victory, that is after his Resurrection, how has Jesus advanced his kingdom? The Apostle Paul, in the First Letter to the Corinthians, says: “for he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet” (15:25). The Father, little by little, subjects all to the Son and, at the same time, the Son subjects all to the Father. Jesus is not a King according to earthly ways: for him, to reign is not to command, but to obey the Father, to give himself over to the Father, so that his plan of love and salvation may be brought to fulfilment. In this way there is full reciprocity between the Father and the Son. The period of Christ’s reign is the long period of subjecting everything to the Son and consigning everything to the Father. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor 15:26). And in the end, when all things will be under the sovereignty of Jesus, and everything, including Jesus himself, will be subjected to the Father, God will be all in all (cf. 1 Cor 15:28). The Gospel teaches what Jesus’ kingdom requires of us: it reminds us that closeness and tenderness are the rule of life for us also, and that on this basis we will be judged. This is the great parable of the final judgment in Matthew 25. The King says: “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (25:34-36). The righteous will ask him: when did we do all this? And he will answer them: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus’ works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom. The one who accomplishes these works shows that he has welcomed Christ’s sovereignty, because he has opened his heart to God’s charity. In the twilight of life we will be judged on our love for, closeness to and tenderness towards our brothers and sisters. Upon this will depend our entry into, or exclusion from, the kingdom of God: our belonging to the one side or the other. Through his victory, Jesus has opened to us his kingdom. But it is for us to enter into it, beginning with our life now, by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity. If we truly love them, we will be willing to share with them what is most precious to us, Jesus himself and his Gospel. Today the Church places before us the example of these new saints. Each in his or her own way served the kingdom of God, of which they became heirs, precisely through works of generous devotion to God and their brothers and sisters. They responded with extraordinary creativity to the commandment of love of God and neighbour. They dedicated themselves, without holding back, to serving the least and assisting the destitute, sick, elderly and pilgrims. Their preference for the smallest and poorest was the reflection and measure of their unconditional love of God. In fact, they sought and discovered love in a strong and personal relationship with God, from whence springs forth true love for one’s neighbour. In the hour of judgement, therefore, they heard that tender invitation: “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Mt 25:34). Through the rite of canonization, we have confessed once again the mystery of God’s kingdom and we have honoured Christ the King, the Shepherd full of love for his sheep. May our new saints, through their witness and intercession, increase within us the joy of walking in the way of the Gospel and our resolve to embrace the Gospel as the compass of our lives. Let us follow in their footsteps, imitating their faith and love, so that our hope too may be clothed in immortality. May we not allow ourselves to be distracted by other earthly and fleeting interests. And may Mary, our Mother and Queen of all Saints, guide us on the way to the kingdom of heaven. Amen. Source:http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/11/23/pope_francis_homily_for_christ_the_king_canonization_mass/1112112

BLESSED MIGUEL AGUSTIN PRO, S.J. 1891-1927 Miguel Pro was born January 13, 1891, at Guadalupe Zacatecas, Mexico. From his childhood, high spirits and happiness were the most outstanding characteristics of his personality. The loving and devoted son of a mining engineer and a pious and charitable mother, Miguel had a special affinity for the working classes which he retained all his life. At 20, he became a Jesuit novice and shortly thereafter was exiled because of the Mexican revolution. He traveled to the United States, Spain, Nicaragua and Belgium, where he was ordained in 1925. Father Pro suffered greatly from a severe stomach problem and when, after several operations his health did not improve, in 1926 his superiors allowed him to return to Mexico in spite of the religious persecution in the country. The churches were closed and priests were in hiding. Father Pro spent the rest of his life in a secret ministry to the sturdy Mexican Catholics. In addition to fulfilling their spiritual needs, he also carried out the works of mercy by assisting the poor of Mexico City with their temporal needs. He adopted many disguises to carry out his secret ministry. In all that he did, he remained filled with the joy of serving Christ, his King, and obedient to his superiors. Falsely accused in a bombing attempt on the President -elect, Pro became a wanted man. He was betrayed to the police and sentenced to death without the benefit of any legal process. On the day of his death, Father Pro forgave his executioners, prayed, bravely refused the blindfold, and died proclaiming "Long Live Christ the King!" Christ the King, by the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro, I beg you to answer my prayers. Give me the grace and the strength necessary to follow your heroic example and to live my Catholic faith in spite of all temptations and adversities. Amen. Source: http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/MIGUEPRO.htm

Advent Human beings cannot live without hope. Unlike the animals, we are blessed—or cursed—with the ability to think about the future and to fear our actions to shaping it. So essential is this to human life, that human beings cannot live without hope, without something to live for, without something to look forward to. To be without hope, to have nothing to live for, is to surrender to death in despair. But we can find all sorts of things to live for and we can hope for almost anything: for some measure of success or security or for the realization of some more or less modest ambition; for our children, that they might be saved from our mistakes and sufferings and find a better life than we have known; for a better world, throwing ourselves into politics or medicine or technology so that future generations might be better off. Not all these forms of hope are selfish; indeed, they have given dignity and purpose to the lives of countless generations. But one of the reasons why we read the Old Testament during Advent is to learn what to hope for. The people of the Old Testament had the courage to hope for big things: that the desert would be turned into fertile land; that their scattered and divided people would eventually be gathered again; that the blind would see, the deaf hear, the lame walk; that not only their own people, but all the peoples of the earth, would be united in the blessings of everlasting peace. Clearly, their hopes were no different from ours or from any human beings: lasting peace, tranquil lives, sufficiency of food, an end to suffering, pain and misery. Thus we hope for the same things as the Old Testament people, for their hopes are not yet realized. But we differ from them in two ways. First, the coming of Jesus in history, as a partial fulfillment of God’s promises, immeasurably confirms and strengthens our hope. Secondly, we differ from the Old Testament people because Jesus has revealed to us that God is not afar off, but is already in our midst. Hence the importance in the Advent liturgy of John the Baptists and of Mary: because they recognized the new situation, they serve as models for the Church in discerning the presence of our Savior in the world. Taken from “The Spirit of Advent,” Mark Searle, in Assembly Volume 7:1 © Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, Notre Dame, IN

The time of Advent that the Church celebrates in preparation for Christmas, explained the Pontiff, is “a new journey of the People of God with Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, who guides us in history towards the completion of the Kingdom of God.” “Let us rediscover the beauty of being together along the way: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and the whole of humanity, the people, the civilizations, the cultures, all together on the paths of time.” “But on the way to where?” queried Pope Francis. Taken from http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-advent-is-a-journey-towards-horizon-of-hope/

Corporal Works of Mercy The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs. - feed the hungry - give drink to the thirsty - clothe the naked - shelter the homeless - visit the sick - visit the imprisoned - bury the dead Source: http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Being-Catholic/Content.aspx?id=11412

Spiritual Works of Mercy The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion, as listed below, by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs. - counsel the doubtful - instruct the ignorant - admonish sinners - comfort the afflicted - forgive offenses - bear wrongs patiently - pray for the living and the dead

Pope Francis on the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016 I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The experience of mercy, indeed, becomes visible in the witness of concrete signs as Jesus himself taught us. Each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence. Hence the commitment to live by mercy so as to obtain the grace of complete and exhaustive forgiveness by the power of the love of the Father who excludes no one. The Jubilee Indulgence is thus full, the fruit of the very event which is to be celebrated and experienced with faith, hope and charity. - An exert taken from http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/09/01/full-text-pope-franciss-year-of-mercy-letter/

OPEN HOUSE Friday—November 27, 2015 10:00 AM—2:00 PM (Day after Thanksgiving) Cottage Homes—Independent Living—Assisted Living CHRISTUS St. Joseph Village, located in Coppell, Texas, is a not-for-profit retirement community founded in the Catholic faith. The community is a part of CHRISTUS Health, a Catholic faith-based, not-for-profit health system. Please call us today to schedule a tour 972-304-0300 1201 E. Sandy Lake Rd., Coppell, TX 75019 www.stjosephvillage.org Sagrada Lectura noviembre 22 – 29 22 de nov. – Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo Dn 7:13-14; Salmo 93; Ap 1:5-8; Jn 18:33-37 23 de nov. – Stos. Clemente I; Columbano; beato Miguel Agustín Pro Dn 1:1-6, 8-20; (Salmo) Dn 3:52-56; Lc 21:1-4 24 de nov. – san Andrés Düng-Lac y compañeros Dn 2:31-45; (Salmo) Dn 3:57-61; Lc 21:5-11 miérccoles 25 de nov. – sta. Catalina de Alexandría Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; (Salmo) Dn 3:62-67; Lc 21:12-19

jueves, 26 de noviembre – Día de Acción de Gracias Dn 6:12-28; (Salmo) Dn 3:68-74; Lc 21:20-28 viernes, 27 de noviembre Dn 7:2-14; (Salmo) Dn 3:75-81; Lc 21:29-33 sábado, 28 de novembre Dn 7:15-27; (Salmo) Dn 3:82-87; Lc 21:34-36 29 de noviembre – Primer Domingo de Adviento Jer 33:14-16; Salmo 25; 1 Tes 3:12—4:2; Lc 21:25-28, 34-36

El Señor reina vestido de majestad. salmo 93

Prayers and Squares is a ministry at St. Michael’s which makes and distributes quilts for people who have spiritual or physical needs. In the past two years, we have given out over 60 quilts. Each year, we raffle off a quilt which is our only fundraiser. This fundraiser allows us to continue this ministry. Tickets will be on sale Sunday, November 29th after Mass for this year’s quilt. Tickets are just $1 each or six for $5. Raffle will be held on Monday, December 7th.

Every stitch is a prayer….. NUESTRA OFRENDA domingo, Primera Colecta: $17,227.00 Donaciones Online: $1,626.00 Total: $18,853.00 Asistencia: 3,275 domingo, Segunda Colecta (Reducción de Hipoteca): $3,320.00 Donaciones Online: $452.00 Total: $3,373.00

Amonestaciones David Huerta Guapo y Fátima Rodríguez Cervantes se quieren casar en la Parroquia de San José de Cortázar en la Diócesis de Celaya (Guanajuato, México). La boda será el 15 de diciembre, 2015. Si conoce de algún impedimento, avísenos.

Misa el Día de Acción de Gracias jueves, 26 de noviembre - 10am (misa bilingüe)

San Vicente de Paúl ha puesto sus Árboles de los Reyes Magos en el vestíbulo. Si quieren ayudar a una persona o familia en esta navidad, tomen una tarjeta del árbol.

Dios es fiel, el que los ha llamado a esta comunión con su Hijo Jesucristo, nuestro Señor. – 1 Corintios 1:9 No habrá confesiones o adoración al Santísimo el jueves. Cerraremos a partir de medio día el miércoles, 25 de noviembre.

Padre Miguel A. Pro, Mártir El Siervo de Dios, Sacerdote Jesuita, mártir mexicano: 23 de Noviembre Nace: 13 Enero 1891 Zacatecas México Mártir: 1927. Beatificado por Juan Pablo II: 25 Sept. 1988 Desde pequeño fue virtuoso y alegre. Entró en el noviciado jesuita a la edad de 20 años. Fue exilado durante la revolución mexicana. Ordenado en Bélgica en 1925 a la edad de 36. Regresó a México en 1926 sabiendo que la iglesia era perseguida y corría grave peligro. Además sufría del estómago. Ejerció un intenso ministerio bajo persecución hasta que en el 1927 fue acusado falsamente de estar involucrado en un atentado contra el dictador. Antes de que lo fusilaran perdonó a los verdugos. Murió, como muchos otros mártires mexicanos, gritando: "Viva Cristo Rey". Fuente: http://www.corazones.org/santos/miguel_pro.htm

sábado, 12 de diciembre 9 A M. a 5:00 P.M. domingo, 13 de diciembre 9: A.M. a 2:00 P.M. Salón San Miguel Todos aquellos que les gusta hornear y ser creativos, por favor consideren hacer una donación en la venta de este año. Lo que se recaude en esta venta será para el Fondo del Edificio de San Miguel. ¡Muchas gracias por su ayuda!

Salón Sagrada Familia Distribución de despensas martes y jueves abierto: 2 - 4 pm El segundo sábado del mes 8:30 am-9:45 am Teléfono: 214-314-5698 Email: [email protected]

Adviento

Los seres humanos no pueden vivir sin esperanza. A diferencia de los animales, nosotros fuimos bendecidos-o maldecidos con la capacidad de pensar en el futuro y temer que nuestros actos lo definan. Esto es tan esencial para la vida humana, que los seres humanos no pueden vivir sin esperanza, sin algo por que vivir, sin esperar algo. Vivir sin esperanza, sin tener nada por que vivir, es rendirse a la muerte conducido por la desesperanza. Podemos encontrar todo tipo de cosas por que vivir y podemos esperara casi todo: cierto nivel de éxito o seguridad, o la realización de una ambición mas o menos modesta; que nuestros hijos se beneficien de nuestros errores y sufrimientos y encuentren una vida mejor que la que nosotros hemos conocido; un mundo mejor, entregándonos por completo a la política , la medicina o la tecnología para que las futuras generaciones vivan en mejores condiciones. No todas estas formas de esperanza son egoístas; efectivamente, estas han dado dignidad y propósito a las vidas de un sinnúmero de generaciones. Sin embargo, una de las razones por que leemos el Antiguo Testamento durante el Adviento es para aprender que esperar. Las personas del Antiguo Testamento tuvieron el valor de esperar cosas grandes: que el desierto se convirtiera en tierra fértil, que su pueblo dividido y disperse finalmente se reuniera de nuevo, que los ciegos pudieran ver, los sordos escuchar, los paralíticos caminar; que no solo su propio pueblo, sino todos los pueblos sobre la tierra, fueran unidos en la bendición de la paz eterna. Evidentemente, sus esperanzas no fueron diferentes de las nuestras o de las de cualquier ser humano; paz duradera, vidas tranquilas, suficientes alimentos, un fin al sufrimiento, el dolor y la aflicción. Así pues, nosotros esperamos las mismas cosas que espero el pueblo del Antiguo Testamento, ya que sus esperanzas aun no se han hecho realidad. Sin embargo, nosotros diferimos de ellos en cumplimiento parcial de las promesas de Dios, lo cual confirma y fortalece nuestra esperanza inmensurablemente. La segunda, diferimos del pueblo del Antiguo Testamento porque Jesús nos ha revelado que Dios no esta lejos, sino que ya se encuentra entre nosotros. De aquí la importancia de Juan Bautista y María en la liturgia de Adviento; ya que ellos reconocieron las nuevas circunstancias, ellos sirven como modelos para que la Iglesia discierna la presencia de nuestro Salvador en el mundo.

Tomado y traducido con permiso de “The Spirit of Advent” [El Espíritu de Adviento]”, Mark Searle, en Conjunción, Volumen 7:1 © Centro Notre Dame, IN

Papa Francisco Cristo Rey Pastor lleno de amor, verdad, vida, justicia y paz La liturgia hoy nos invita a fijar la mirada en Jesús como Rey del Universo. La bella oración del Prefacio nos recuerda que su reino es «reino de verdad y de vida, reino de santidad y de gracia, reino de justicia, de amor y de paz». Las lecturas que hemos escuchado nos muestran como Jesús ha realizado su reino; como lo realiza en el devenir de la historia; y que nos pide a nosotros. Sobre todo, como Jesús ha realizado el reino: lo ha hecho con la cercanía y ternura hacia nosotros. Él es el Pastor, del cual nos ha hablado el profeta Ezequiel en la primera lectura (cfr. 34,11-12.15-17). Todo este pasaje esta tejido por verbos que indican la atención y el amor del Pastor a su rebaño: buscar, vigilar, reunir, llevar al pasto, hacer reposar, buscar la oveja perdida, orientar a la desorientada, vendar las heridas, sanar a la enferma, cuidarlas, pastorear. Todas estas actitudes se han hecho realidad en Jesucristo: Él es verdaderamente el “gran Pastor de las ovejas y guardián de nuestras almas” (cfr. Eb 13,20; 1Pt 2,25). Y cuantos en la Iglesia estamos llamados a ser pastores, no podemos separarnos de este modelo, si no queremos convertirnos en mercenarios. Al respecto, el pueblo de Dios posee un olfato infalible en reconocer los buenos pastores y distinguirlos de los mercenarios. Después de su victoria, es decir después de su Resurrección, ¿cómo Jesús lleva adelante su reino? El apóstol Pablo, en la primera Carta a los Corintios, dice: «Es necesario que Él reine hasta que no haya puesto a todos sus enemigos bajo sus pies» (15,25). Es el Padre que poco a poco ha puesto todo bajo el Hijo, y al mismo tiempo el Hijo pone todo bajo el Padre, y al final también Él mismo. Jesús no es un rey a la manera de este mundo: para Él reinar no es mandar, sino obedecer al Padre, entregarse a Él, para que se cumpla su diseño de amor y de salvación. De este modo existe plena reciprocidad entre el Padre y el Hijo. Por lo tanto el tiempo del reino de Cristo es el largo tiempo de la sumisión de todo al Hijo y de la entrega de todo al Padre. «El último enemigo en ser vencido será la muerte» (1 Cor 15,26). Y al final, cuando todo será puesto bajo la majestad de Jesús, y todo, también Jesús mismo, será puesto bajo el Padre, Dios será todo en todos (cfr. 1 Cor 15, 28). El Evangelio nos dice que cosa nos pide el reino de Jesús a nosotros: nos recuerda que la cercanía y la ternura son la regla de vida también para nosotros, y sobre esto seremos juzgados. Este será el protocolo de nuestro juicio. Es la gran parábola del juicio final de Mateo 25. El Rey dice: «Vengan, benditos de mi Padre, tomen en posesión el reino preparado para ustedes desde la creación del mundo, porque tuve hambre y me diste de comer, tuve sed y me diste de beber, era forastero y me acogiste, estaba desnudo y me vestiste, enfermo y me visitaste, en la cárcel y viniste a verme» (25,34-36). Los justos le preguntaran: ¿cuándo hicimos todo esto? Y Él responderá: «En verdad les digo: que cuanto hicieron a uno de estos mis hermanos más pequeños, a mí me lo hicieron» (Mt 25,40). La salvación no comienza en la confesión de la soberanía de Cristo, sino en la imitación de las obras de misericordia mediante las cuales Él ha realizado el Reino. Quien las cumple demuestra que ha recibido la realeza de Jesús, porque ha hecho espacio en su corazón a la caridad de Dios. Al atardecer de la vida seremos juzgados sobre el amor, sobre la projimidad y sobre la ternura hacia los hermanos. De esto dependerá nuestro ingreso o no en el reino de Dios, nuestra ubicación de una o de otra parte. Jesús, con su victoria, nos ha abierto su reino, pero está en cada uno de nosotros entrar o no, ya a partir de esta vida – el Reino inicia ahora – haciéndonos concretamente prójimo al hermano que pide pan, vestido, acogida, solidaridad, catequesis. Y si verdaderamente amamos a este hermano o aquella hermana, seremos impulsados a compartir con él o con ella lo más precioso que tenemos, es decir ¡Jesús mismo y su Evangelio! Hoy la Iglesia nos pone delante como modelos los nuevos Santos que, mediante las obras de generosa dedicación a Dios y a los hermanos, han servido, cada uno en su propio ámbito, el reino de Dios y se han convertido en herederos. Cada uno de ellos ha respondido con extraordinaria creatividad al mandamiento del amor a Dios y al prójimo. Se han dedicado sin ahorrarse al servicio de los últimos, asistiendo a los indigentes, a los enfermos, a los ancianos, a los peregrinos. Su predilección por los pequeños y por los pobres era el reflejo y la medida del amor incondicional a Dios. De hecho, han buscado y descubierto la caridad en la relación fuerte y personal con Dios, de la cual surge el verdadero amor por el prójimo. Por eso, en la hora del juicio, han escuchado esta dulce invitación: «Vengan, benditos de mi Padre, tomen en posesión el reino preparado para ustedes desde la creación del mundo» (Mt 25,34). Con el rito de canonización, una vez más hemos confesado el misterio del reino de Dios y honorado a Cristo Rey, Pastor lleno de amor por su grey. Que los nuevos Santos, con su ejemplo y su intercesión, hagan crecer en nosotros la alegría de caminar en la vía del Evangelio, la decisión de asumirlo como la brújula de nuestra vida. Sigamos sus huellas, imitemos su fe y su caridad, para que también nuestra esperanza se llene de inmortalidad. No nos dejemos distraer por otros intereses terrenos y pasajeros. Y nos guie en el camino hacia el reino de los Cielos la Madre, Reina de todos los Santos. Fuente: http://es.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/11/23/papa_cristo_rey_pastor_lleno_de_amor,_vida,_justicia_y_paz/1112106

¿Cuáles son las obras de misericordia? Hay catorce obras de misericordia: siete corporales y siete espirituales. Obras de misericordia corporales: 1) Visitar a los enfermos 2) Dar de comer al hambriento 3) Dar de beber al sediento 4) Dar posada al peregrino 5) Vestir al desnudo 6) Visitar a los presos 7) Enterrar a los difuntos

Obras de misericordia espirituales: 1) Enseñar al que no sabe 2) Dar buen consejo al que lo necesita 3) Corregir al que se equivoca 4) Perdonar al que nos ofende 5) Consolar al triste 6) Sufrir con paciencia los defectos del prójimo 7) Rezar a Dios por los vivos y por los difuntos.

Fuente: http://opusdei.org.co/es-co/article/cuales-sonlas-obras-de-misericordia/

El Papa Francisco sobre el Año Jubilar de la Misericordia 8 de diciembre 2015 a 20 de noviembre 2016 Queridos hermanos y hermanas, he pensado frecuentemente en cómo la Iglesia pueda hacer más evidente su misión de ser testigo de su misericordia. Es un camino que inicia con una conversión espiritual. Y tenemos que andar este camino. Por eso, he decidido llamar un Jubileo extraordinario que tenga en el centro la misericordia de Dios. Será un Año Santo de la Misericordia. Lo queremos vivir a la luz de la palabra del Señor: “Sean misericordiosos como el Padre” (cfr Lc 6,36). Y esto especialmente para los confesores, ¿eh? ¡Tanta misericordia! Este Año Santo iniciará en la próxima solemnidad de la Inmaculada Concepción y concluirá el 20 de noviembre de 2016, domingo de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo Rey del universo y rostro vivo de la misericordia del Padre. Confío la organización de este Jubileo al Consejo Pontificio para la Promoción de la Nueva Evangelización, para que pueda animarlo como una nueva etapa del camino de la Iglesia en su misión de llevar a cada persona el Evangelio de la misericordia. Estoy convencido que toda la Iglesia, que tiene tanta necesidad de recibir misericordia, porque somos pecadores, podrá encontrar en este Jubileo la alegría para redescubrir y hacer más fecunda la misericordia de Dios, con la cual todos estamos llamados a dar consolación a cada hombre y a cada mujer de nuestro tiempo. No olvidemos que Dios perdona todo, y Dios perdona siempre. No nos cansemos de pedir perdón. Confiemos este año desde ahora a la Madre de la Misericordia, para que dirija a nosotros su mirada y vele sobre nuestro camino: Nuestro camino penitencial, nuestro camino con el corazón abierto, durante un año a recibir la indulgencia de Dios, a recibir la misericordia de Dios. Tomado de: http://www.es.catholic.net/op/articulos/56568/cat/626/2016-ano-santo-de-la-misericordia.html

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