Readings: Acts 4:8-12 Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 29 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18 Jesus, in today’s Gospel, says that He is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel. He is the shepherd-prince, the new David—who frees people from bondage to sin and gathers them into one flock, the Church, under a new covenant, made in His
Archive | April, 2012
This is part of a series of posts on fundamental Catholic teaching on Scripture. In this post, we delve into some of the specifics of the human dimension of Scripture: in this case, the original language(s) of the Old Testament. The original language of large majority of the Old Testament books is Hebrew. Hebrew is
John Bergsma and Michael Barber discuss the role of the Bible in Catholic Theology, highlighting a new document from the International Theological Commission.
Readings: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-9 1 John 2:1-5 Luke 24:35-48 Jesus in today’s Gospel, teaches His apostles how to interpret the Scriptures. He tells them that all the Scriptures of what we now call the Old Testament refer to Him. He says that all the promises found in the Old Testament have been fulfilled in
This quarter I am teaching a graduate course on the Pauline Epistles. Today we began working through 1 Corinthians. Here I wanted to touch upon something we examined in class today: Paul’s co-workers. Paul begins 1 Corinthians by doing something he often does in his epistles: he mentions a co-worker. “Paul, called by the will
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ annd Dr. Scott Hahn discuss Benedict XVI and Verbum Domini from March 2011.
(This post is part of the Patheos roundtable discussion of Matthew Levering’s latest book from Baylor University Press.) What happened to Jesus when he died? And what will happen to me when I die? These two perennial Christian questions are the foci of Matthew’ Levering’s new book, Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate
Readings: Acts 4:32-35 Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 1 John 5:1-6 John 20:19-31 Three times in today’s Psalm we cry out a victory shout: “His mercy endures forever.” Truly we’ve known the everlasting love of God, who has come to us as our Savior. By the blood and water that flowed from Jesus’ pierced side (see John 19:34), we’ve
This is part of a continued series of posts on fundamental issues in Catholic doctrine of Scripture. Building on previous discussions of Catholic inspiration and interpretation, we propose here a six-step streamlined overview of the process of Catholic exegesis. Comments are welcome below. **** The points made above about the interpretation of the literal and
Aquinas pores over the New Testament and comes up with five reasons it was fitting for Christ to rise from the dead (ST IIIa, q. 53, art. 1). Here they are. 1. It reveals God’s justice. Because Christ humbled himself and died on the cross out of love and obedience to the Father, God lifted