Rev. Carlos Zuñiga- BLOG

  • 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


  • 5th Sunday of Easter

    Friends, We celebrate the 5th Sunday of Easter. Dr. Scott Hahn shares that: "By His death, Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house. His Father’s house is no longer a temple made by human hands. It is the spiritual house of the Church, built on the living stone of Christ’s body. As Peter interprets the Scriptures in today’s Epistle, Jesus is the “stone” destined to be rejected by men but made the precious cornerstone of God’s dwelling on earth (see Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 8:14; 28:16). Each of us is called to be a living stone in God’s building (see 1 Corinthians 3:9,16). In this edifice of the Spirit, we are to be “holy priests” offering up “spiritual sacrifices” - all our prayer, work and intentions - to God. This is our lofty calling as Christians. This is why Christ led us out of the darkness of sin and death as Moses led the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. God’s covenant with Israel made them a royal and priestly people who were to announce His praises (see Exodus 19:6). By our faith in Christ’s new covenant, we have been made heirs of this chosen race, called to glorify the Father in the temple of our bodies (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 12:1). In today’s First Reading, we see the spiritual house of the Church being built up, as the Apostles consecrate seven deacons so they can devote themselves more fully to the “ministry of the Word.” The Lord’s Word is upright and all His works trustworthy, we sing in today’s Psalm. So we can trust Jesus when He tells us never to be troubled, but to believe that His Word and works come from the Father. His Word continues its work in the world through the Church. We see its beginnings today in Jerusalem. It is destined to spread with influence and power (see Acts 19:20), and to become the imperishable seed by which every heart is born anew (see 1 Peter 1:23)." 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.