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  Bilingual Reflections for Sunday

By Fr. Federico Fernandez
Templo De San Francisco
May, 2011

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Sixth Sunday of Easter (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

By Fr. Federico Fernandez, OFM

Sixth Sunday of Easter (A) Juan 14:15-21 May 29, 2011

"Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him."

One night, under a heavy thunderstorm, the electricity was cut off in the whole neighborhood. People, who were still awake, lighted candles and looked for their flashlights. Those who were watching the news or other TV programs felt frustrated because they had to interrupt some of their favorite programs. The youngsters who were on their computer or playing video games were disappointed.

Electricity is a great unseen power, but we do not appreciate it until we lose it. The Holy Spirit is somewhat like spiritual light or electricity. He is the power of our lives who is unseen and sometimes we do not always appreciate.

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Viernes, 27 de Mayo de 2011 19:14 Última actualización el Viernes, 27 de Mayo de 2011 19:16

Fifth Sunday of Easter (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

By Fr. Federico Fernandez, OFM

Fifth Sunday of Easter (A) Juan 14:1-12May 22, 2011

"I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, except through me"

Once I was visiting a city for the first time. I was lost. I asked somebody for directions, but that person confused me. I asked another one and he said, "Follow me and I'll show you the way." The man became my guide. I felt confident and relaxed. That man reminded me that for us Christians, Jesus is our guide. Jesus is kind and happy to lead us. He does not say, "You can't miss it."He immediately shows us that he is the way.

Our professors have taught us the truth as they understand it. But none of them was so presumptuous to say, "I am the Truth." The only one who can say that is the Master Jesus. Psalm 86th reminds us, "Teach me thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in thy truth." Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, great philosophers; Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, great theologians; Albert Einstein, a great genius; none of them said, "I am the truth." Like us, they sought the truth, But Jesus is the truth. What a difference that. Socrates wrote this sentence at the entrance of his school: "Scio me nihil scire", "All I know is that I know nothing." The University of Rostock in Germany has this inscription above its main entrance for all students to read: "Many theories but one truth."

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Jueves, 19 de Mayo de 2011 23:44 Última actualización el Jueves, 19 de Mayo de 2011 23:45

Fourth Sunday of Easter (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

By Fr. Federico Fernandez, OFM

Fourth Sunday of Easter (A) Juan 10:1-10 May 15, 2011

"I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me"

One of the questions people have asked me many times is: "Why did you become a priest?" or "Are you happy being a priest?" To the first question I usually answer: I don't know. I feel that God called me, but I still don't understand why he called me. To the second question I should say, I love being a priest. I think of a number of things I could have done and I would be happy to do it if I had not been a priest. I had other alternatives. I can think about a few: I would have liked being a languages teacher, a great musician, a football player, a military, a doctor, a missionary in other countries and in the East. Some of these dreams I have accomplished, others, no. I realize, for example, that I would never have talent enough to be a great football player. I feel that becoming a priest was a right choice for me.

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Viernes, 13 de Mayo de 2011 21:15 Última actualización el Viernes, 13 de Mayo de 2011 21:17

Third Sunday of Easter (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

By Fr. Federico Fernandez, OFM

Third Sunday of Easter (A) Luke 24:13-35May 08, 2011

"Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us; make our hearts burn while you speak to us"

Allow me to share with you one of the immortal short and touching stories of history. Very early Sunday morning, even before breakfast, two disciples are walking ten kilometers from the capital of the Holy Land, Jerusalem, to the village Emmaus, only two days since their Leader had been killed. It was to be almost a whole day walk, and they do not seem to be happy at all. They feel very frustrated.

They are not the main characters, they might be supporting actors of the story. They are the first members of the Church going to Sunday Mass, even though, for a moment, they had lost their faith. "They had closed the book before reading the last chapter" (Arthur Tonne). All of the sudden, a stranger appears walking by their side. They do not recognize the one who had been their good friend. "What's new, guys?" he asks. "Excuse me, sir, are you the only human being in the whole Jerusalem who does not watch the TV news or read the newspapers?" "About what?" he asks. So, they up today "the stranger" with the sad news about Jesus' crucifixion and death. Up to that moment, that is the end of the story for them.

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Viernes, 06 de Mayo de 2011 14:20 Última actualización el Viernes, 06 de Mayo de 2011 14:22

Second Sunday of Easter (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

By Fr. Federico Fernandez, OFM

Second Sunday of Easter (A) Juan 20:19-31 May 01, 2011

"You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!"

Once, a powerful king gave to one of his subjects a magnificent jewel. The man said, "This is too much for me to accept." The king said, "Perhaps, but it is not too much for me to give."

On the first day of the week, the day of the resurrection, Jesus seems to indicate the apostles that though they had deserted him on Good Friday, he forgave them. On the second part of today's Gospel, a week later, the message to Thomas is that he forgave him for his disbelief in the resurrection despite reliable eyewitnesses. Jesus' lesson to Thomas is also for all of us; Thomas' profession of faith in the Lord, "My Lord and my God," is also a lesson of faith for us all.

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Viernes, 29 de Abril de 2011 02:20 Última actualización el Viernes, 29 de Abril de 2011 02:23

 
 

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