Rev. Carlos Zuñiga- BLOG

  • Lent Day 3- Rev. Robert Barron

    LENT DAY 3 - THE GREAT LIE

    Our God is a living God, and God wants us to share his life. This is why "God planted a garden in Eden...and he placed there the man he had formed." In Eden he gave us near total freedom as a sign of his good will and his desire that we fulfill ourselves in every direction. Politics, art, science, literature, philosophy, music, sports, entertainment - all that conduces to human flourishing is desired by God.

    But then enters the serpent. Like us, the serpent is a creature of God. He is totally dependent on God for his life. He is not some sort of co-equal rival to God. The Church has always taught that evil is parasitic on the good, not a substantive opponent.

    Nevertheless, he is a wily opponent. He forces Eve to wonder about the prohibition: "Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?" When she clarifies, he says, "You certainly will not die! God knows well that the moment you eat of it you will be like gods knowing good and evil."

    This is the great temptation and the great lie. The serpent places in the minds of Adam and Eve the conviction that unless and until they determine the meaning and purpose of their lives, they will not be free. To put it in modern terms, their lives will not be lived to the fullest.

    But the knowledge of good and evil is the godlike prerogative to set the agenda for one's life, to determine the difference between right and wrong. And this belongs to God alone. Just as he breathed life and being into us, so he breathes moral and spiritual purpose into us.

    When we convince ourselves that we live on our own terms, we cease to be truly free and alive.

    When Adam and Eve grasped at this knowledge, they were expelled from the garden, not because God is vindictive, but because it is the natural consequence of making oneself into God.

    When we grasp at divinity, whatever life we have dries up. We become small souls, locked in the prison of our egotism, victims of the Great Lie.

     

  • 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Friends,

    Today we celebrate the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Dr. Scott Hahn writes:


    Sinking Fear:  Matthew 14:22-33


    How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will?


    God commands Elijah in today’s First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing by. And in the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set out across the waters to meet Him.

    In each case, the Lord makes himself present amid frightening tumult - heavy winds and high waves, fire and earthquakes.


    Elijah hides his face. Perhaps he remembers Moses, who met God on the same mountain, also amid fire, thunder, and smoke (see Deuteronomy 4:10-15; Exodus 19:17-19). God told Moses no one could see His face and live, and He sheltered Moses in the hollow of a rock, as He shelters Elijah in a cave (see Exodus 33:18-23).

    The disciples, likewise, are too terrified to look on the face of God. Today’s Gospel is a revelation of Jesus’ divine identity. Only God treads across the crest of the sea (see Job 9:8) and rules the raging waters (see Psalm 89:9-10). And the words of assurance that Jesus speaks - “It is I” - are those God used to identify himself to Moses (see Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10).

    Even Peter is too overcome by fear to imitate his Lord. His fears, Jesus tells him, are a sign of his lack of faith. And so it often is with us. Our fears make us doubt, make it hard to see His glory dwelling in our midst.

    Yet, we should know, as we sing in today’s Psalm, that His salvation is near to those who hope in Him. By faith we should know, as Paul asserts in today’s Epistle, that we are heirs to the promises made to His children, Israel.

    We must trust that He whispers to us in the trials of our lives - that He who has called us to walk along the way of His steps, will save us whenever we begin to sink."


    See you at Holy Mass,

    Fr. Carlos


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About Rev. Carlos Zuñiga, Pastor

The Rev. Carlos Zuniga is a native of McAllen, Tx. He was born in San Juan, Tx and has been ordained a Catholic priest for 15 years. He graduated from McAllen High School (Class of 1983). Obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Latin American Studies from the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH (Class of 1992). He completed his priesthood studies in 1998  from St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary, Houston, Tx. He is currently a Master's Degree student at Felician College, Lodi, NJ where he is to obtain his MA in Religious Education.

Fr. Carlos was assigned in 1998 to Immaculate Conception, Rio Grande City and Holy Family, La Grulla. In 1999 He was assigned to St. Francis Xavier, La Feria. In 2002 Bishop Raymundo asked him to be the founding Pastor of San Juan Diego Cuahtlatoatzin in McAllen, Tx. He was there for 9 years.