Archive | April, 2012

The Shepherd’s Voice: Reflections on the Fourth Sunday of Easter

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

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The Text of the Old Testament

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

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Paul’s Strange Mention of Co-Senders: What It Might Mean

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

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The Day the Lord Made: Reflections for Divine Mercy Sunday

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

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Catholic Exegesis: A Streamlined Overview

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

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Aquinas’ Five Reasons Christ Rose from the Dead

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

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