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Most Rev. José Gomez: 2013 Baccalaureate Mass Homily
Most Reverend José H. Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles and narrator of the St. Paul Center’s Spanish translation of the Sunday Bible Reflections Al Partir el Pan, delivers his homily at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2013 Baccalaureate Mass. Archbishop Gomez was awarded an honorary doctorate of Christian Letters by the University....
A Mighty Wind: Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history.
The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people, in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see Leviticus 23:15-21; Deuteronomy 16:9-11).
Hearing the Call: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Ascension of the Lord
Psalm 47:2-3. 6-9
Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23
In today’s first reading, St. Luke gives the surprising news that there is more of the story to be told. The story did not end with the empty tomb, or with Jesus’ appearances to the Apostles over the course of forty days. Jesus’ saving work will have a liturgical consummation. He is the great high priest, and he has still...
Council of Jerusalem: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 6th Sunday of Easter
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
The first Church council, the Council of Jerusalem we hear about in today’s First Reading, decided the shape of the Church as we know it.
Some Jewish Christians had wanted Gentile converts to be circumcised and obey all the complex ritual and purity laws of the Jews.
The council called this a heresy, again showing us that...
Pope Benedict’s Wednesday Audience on Philip the Apostle
Saint Peter’s Square
Wednesday, 6 September 2006
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
While we continue to outline the features of the various Apostles, as we have been doing for several weeks, today we meet Philip. He always comes fifth in the lists of the Twelve (cf. Mt 10: 3; Mk 3: 18; Lk 6: 14; Acts 1: 13); hence, he is definitely among the first.
Although Philip was of Jewish origin, his name is Greek, like that of...
St. Athanasius: Mike Aquilina Reflects on this great Church Father
“Athanasius was undoubtedly one of the most important and revered early Church Fathers. But this great Saint was above all the impassioned theologian of the Incarnation of the Logos, the Word of God who - as the Prologue of the fourth Gospel says - “became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1: 14).” ~ Pope Benedict XVI
If you were raised Catholic, the month of May probably evokes vivid memories of May crownings, Marian processions, and other seasonal devotions. I’m a little jealous, but not too much.
The Mays of my childhood come back to me as memories of daydreaming. It’s almost summer, and there I am, wondering what I’ll do with my vacation: the months of warm-weather mornings stretching ahead till the next school year.
New For All Ages: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 5th Sunday of Easter
By God’s goodness and compassion, the doors of His kingdom have been opened to all who have faith, Jew or Gentile.
That’s the good news Paul and Barnabas proclaim in today’s First Reading. With the coming of the Church - the new Jerusalem John sees in today’s Second Reading - God is “making all things...
Grow in your Knowledge of Scripture!
Journey through Scripture is…...
Shepherd and the Lamb: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 4th Sunday of Easter
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-3, 5
Israel’s mission - to be God’s instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth (see Isaiah 49:6) - is fulfilled in the Church.
By the “Word of God” that Paul and Barnabas preach in today’s First Reading, a new covenant people is being born, a people who glorify the God of Israel as the Father of...