Articles for José Antonio Pagola

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

In the midst of crisis The economic crisis is going to be long and difficult.  We should not fool ourselves.  We will not need to look elsewhere.  In our more or less immediate surroundings, we will be running into families forced to live on charity, persons...

Most Holy Trinity

Mystery of goodness For centuries, theologians  have made much effort to study the mystery of God; they delve conceptually into his nature and expound their conclusions, using different terminologies.  But frequently, our words conceal rather than reveal his mystery. ...

Pentecost Sunday

In need of salvation The Holy Spirit of God is not owned by the Church. It does not belong exclusively to religions. We have to call on him to come upon the whole world that so badly needs salvation. Come, creator Spirit of God. There is no peace in your world. Your...

Jesus’ Ascension

The blessing of Jesus - They are Jesus’ last moments with his own.  He will presently leave them to enter definitively the mystery of the Father.  He can no longer accompany them along the roads in the world as he has done in Galilee.  No one can replace his presence....

Jesus’ last wishes

Jesus is bidding his disciples farewell.  He sees that they are sad and afraid.  They all know that they are spending the last hours with their Teacher.  What will happen when they need him?  To whom will they go?  Who will defend them?  Jesus wants to give them...

Friendship within the Church

Jesus says aloud what the disciples are sensing, “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.”  He speaks to them tenderly.  He wants his last gestures and words etched on their hearts:   “I give you a new commandment:   love one another; as I have...

Listening to Jesus and following him

It was winter.  Jesus was walking through the portico of Solomon, one of the outdoor galleries surrounding the large esplanade of the Temple.  This portico, in particular, was a place frequented by people since it was apparently protected from the wind by a wall. ...

At dawn

Recorded in the epilogue of John’s gospel is an account of the risen Jesus’ meeting with his disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  It is written at the same time that Christians are living difficult moments of trial and persecution:  some are renouncing their...

From doubt to Faith

Modern man has learned to doubt.  It is the characteristic of our times to question everything in order to advance in scientific knowledge.  In this climate, faith is left discredited.  Man goes through life full of uncertainties and doubts.  Hence, we can connect...

Encountering the Risen One

According to John’s account, Mary of Magdala is the first to go to the tomb, while still dark, and she sadly finds out that it is empty.  She needs Jesus.  He is the Teacher who has understood and cured her.  He is the Prophet that she has followed till the end.  Whom...

Before the Crucified

Detained by the security forces of the Temple, Jesus no longer has any doubt: the Father has not listened to his wishes to continue to live; his disciples flee, looking out for their own safety.  He is alone.  His plans are vanishing.  Execution awaits him.  Jesus’...

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