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BEFORE THE CROSS | Recognizing the clues of Jesus’ presence in our lives

Christ is Risen!

Every day this week the Gospels tell us about one of the appearances of the risen Jesus to His disciples.

A common feature in these accounts — and a curious one — is that Jesus' followers didn't always recognize Him.

So it was with Mary Magdalene when she went to the tomb: "She turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus."

So it was with the disciples on the Road to Emmaus: "Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him."

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | La Semana Santa reúne los patrones de Dios en la historia de la salvación y en nuestras vidas

"¡Hazlo otra vez!" Los niños a menudo dicen eso cuando algo los deleita. Esta es también la visión de Dios de la historia de la salvación, y las lecturas para la Semana Santa nos dan varios buenos ejemplos.

Esta semana oiremos el episodio de Abraham e Isaac, en el cual el hijo amado lleva él mismo la madera a la colina donde será sacrificado. Luego, vemos a Jesús hacerlo otra vez en su Pasión.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Holy Week brings together God’s patterns in salvation history and our lives

'Do it again!" Children often say this when something delights them. It's also God's approach to salvation history, and the readings for Holy Week give several good examples.

This week we hear the episode of Abraham and Isaac, in which the beloved son carries the wood up the hill where he himself will be sacrificed. Then, we see Jesus do it again in His Passion.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Obediencia “a la Manera de José” nos sirve de guía en la paternidad

Nosotros celebramos la fiesta de San José el 19 de marzo.

Antes de decir nada acerca de él — y hay mucho que decir — es tiempo de aclarar algo: José y María estaban casados cuando María concibió a Jesús por causa del Espíritu Santo.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Sharing Jesus’ mission means making reparation for others’ sins, too

When the Jewish people returned to Jerusalem after 50 years in exile, they set about rebuilding the Temple. The destruction of the Temple wasn't their fault — that was due to the sins of others. But the task of rebuilding fell to them.

Their example serves as a pattern for our Lenten discipline and, really, for all of Christian life.

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