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March 22, 2015

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        When the prophet Jeremiah coined the term “new covenant” he was actually doing something quite radical. For the Jewish people, there was only one covenant, the one made between the Lord God and Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai. For Jeremiah to suggest that God would somehow supersede the covenant with a new one would have sounded audacious to Jewish ears. But in this way he is a predecessor of Jesus who, in the Gospel of John, is continually portrayed as superseding the past, establishing the reign of God in a new way. And in today’s Gospel passage, Jesus the “new covenant” speaks the language of his “new commandment” of love when he tells of the dying grain of wheat, and of our own need to die to self in order to be raised with Christ. As Lent ends and we prepare to enter into Holy Week, the dying grain of wheat serves as an excellent symbol of the kind of dying and self-sacrifice to which disciples are called, a symbol of that new covenant written deep within our hearts.

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          Cuando el profeta Jeremías creó el término “nueva alianza” hacía algo muy radical. Para el pueblo judío, sólo había una alianza, la que el Señor Dios había hecho con Israel por medio de Moisés en el Monte Sinaí. Cuando Jeremías dice que de  alguna manera Dios va a reemplazar la antigua alianza con una nueva, seguro que sus oyentes pensaban que era algo muy atrevido. De ese modo Jeremías es un predecesor de Jesús, quien, en el Evangelio de Juan se presenta siempre como     alguien que reemplaza el pasado, estableciendo el Reino de Dios deuna manera nueva. Y en el pasaje del Evangelio de hoy, Jesús, “la nueva alianza” habla con el lenguaje del “nuevo    mandamiento” de amor cuando menciona el grano de trigo que muere y nuestra propia muerte al egoísmo para poder resucitar con Cristo. Al finalizar la Cuaresma y al prepararnos a entrar en la Semana Santa, el grano de trigo que muere es un símbolo excelente del tipo de muerte y autosacrificio al que los discípulos están llamados, un símbolo de esa nueva alianza escrita en lo más profundo de nuestro corazón.

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“I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” — Jeremiah 31:33




“Dios no envió a su Hijo para condenar al mundo, sino para que el mundo se salvara por él.” — Juan 3:17






  Dear Parishioners and Friends,



             Today is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. 


             We as Catholics, are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of our lives  especially during Lent.


            The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession, is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism.  Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, instituted  the Sacrament of Reconciliationor Confession, so that we, as sinners, can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God.  “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”(Matthew 16:19).  Jesus repeated this in Matthew 18:18:  “Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  When Jesus appeared to the apostles after His resurrection, “[Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you….Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are      retained.’”  (John 20:21-23)


           Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation we find God’s unconditional forgiveness.  As a result, we are called to forgive others.


          In his “Apostolic Constitution on Penance”, Pope Paul VI reminded us that “The kingdom of God announced by Christ can be entered only by a ‘change of heart’ (metanoia), that is to say through that  intimate and total change and renewal of the entire man– of all his opinions, judgments and decisions– which takes place in him in the light of the sanctity and charity of God, the sanctity and charity which was manifested to us in the Son and communicated fully. We must all turn from sin and make reparation to God for our sins.  We must forgive and show love for one another just as we ask for God’s love and forgiveness.”


          On Monday, March 23rd, we will have our Penance Service beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Priests from other parishes will come to hear our confessions.  Take this invitation to come to Him in the Sacrament of  Confessions.  To go to confession is an act of humbling down ourselves.  It is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation where sins are forgiven.  It is here that we receive God’s forgiveness.  As we are forgiven, so also must we forgive  (Matthew 18:21-35).



                                                                                                          Fr. Bernard Ranoa  &   Fr. Manny Ediza


“Therefore, repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”   (Acts 3:19)





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