Sermons by Fr. RIcardo

A Note from the Pastor – Jan. 27

In this Sunday’s teaching, we witnessed the first lesson of the Lord Jesus in the gospel of Matthew; He chose the outdoors, on the hill, with the lake as the background, and as the first topic, he chose happiness. It could be because it is the thing we most lack, that we all seek in…

A Note from the Pastor – Jan. 20

Matthew emphasizes today the two buzzwords of Jesus’ message: “kingdom” and “conversion.” “The Kingdom”: something that belongs to God, but which he does not delight in possessing, but in giving to us. His Kingdom shines when life flourishes in all its forms. The Kingdom of God is the world as God wants it, finally free…

A Note from the Pastor – Jan. 13

The Lamb of God John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said: “Behold the Lamb of God.” That’s how the gospels introduce us to unexpected images of God, a total revolution: no longer the God who demands sacrifice, but the One who sacrifices Himself. And it will be like this throughout the gospels:…

A Note from the Pastor – Jan. 6

Epiphany, the feast of the faraway seekers of God  The Magi’s journey is full of mistakes: Their journey resembles every Christian’s life, full of hits and misses; little by little, they start tuning their hearts to God’s frequency. They have infinite patience to start again. Our biggest challenge is not falling but to stop trying…

A Note from the Pastor – Dec. 23

Fr. Ricardo Chinchilla, CJM Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Angel coming from heaven revealed the coordinates to find the savior on Christmas; he said: “This is the sign for you; you will find a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” A child? A child savior? How strange; in our society, every…

A Note from the Pastor – Dec. 16

Among the guardians of those who wait is Joseph, a man of dreams and calloused hands, the last patriarch of ancient Israel. He tells a story of love, and his doubts about receiving the woman he loved, a human story of expectations and crises. Before they moved in together, Mary found herself pregnant; then Joseph…

A Note from the Pastor – Dec. 2

This Sunday, we have three announcements in one:1 – There is a Kingdom: new heavens and a new earth, a new world pressing to come into being. The two prophets (first readings and gospel) do not say what the Kingdom is, but where. Softly they reveal: “near.” God is near; he is here. His journey lands…

A Note from the Pastor – Nov. 18

On Calvary, among the three condemned to the same torture, Luke places his last parable of mercy. It bursts out of a man’s soul, indeed of a thug, one who, in his helplessness, as a man nailed to death, squeezes out from his crucifixion pain, the honey of compassion for his fellow neighbor, who happens…

A Note from the Pastor – Nov. 11

Fr. Ricardo Chinchilla, CJM Where is the good news about God and man in this Gospel of catastrophes, in this flashing of swords and falling planets? The reading starts by reassuring us. Beyond deceitful prophets, beyond wars and betrayals, even when hatred should be rampant everywhere, there is that poignant expression: “But not a hair…