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Exodus and Easter

Posted on May 19, 2014

Israel’s exodus from Egypt forms the background for many of the readings we hear in Easter.

On the Third Sunday, both the Gospel and Epistle describe Jesus “redeeming” or “ransoming” Israel (see Luke 24:21; 1 Peter 1:18). The Greek word in both is only used elsewhere to refer to Israel’s redemption from Egypt (see Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 7:8). In the First Reading, Jesus is said to work “mighty deeds, wonders and signs” ...


An Invitation to Evangelization

Posted on May 19, 2014

2014 Fullness of Truth Conference
“Evangelizing Catholics:
Sharing the Joy of the Gospel.”
Houston, Texas | June 6-7, 2014

They were Jesus’ final words during his time on earth, his parting salvo to his disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Mt 28:19).

History remembers those words as “The Great...


Building His House: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted on May 16, 2014

Readings:
Acts 6:1-7
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12

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...


Building the Temple of God: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted on May 13, 2014

Since the beginning of time, human beings have sought to construct buildings that would bridge the gap between the temporal and eternal, earthly and heavenly planes of existence.  These temples have taken widely differing forms in many cultures.  One of the greatest was the Jerusalem temple begun by Herod the Great (73–4 BC), an architectural marvel of the ancient world while it stood.

http://www.thesacredpage.com/2014/05/building-temple-of-god-fifth-sunday-of.html

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What Are We to Do? Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted on May 09, 2014

Readings:
Acts 2:14, 36-41
Psalm 23:1-6
1 Peter 2:20-25
John 10:1-10

Easter’s empty tomb is a call to conversion.

By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today’s First Reading.

He is the “Lord,” the divine Son that David foresaw at God’s right hand (see Psalms 110:1,3; 132:10-11...


“The Good Shepherd”: The Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Easter

Posted on May 06, 2014

This Sunday the lectionary turns our attention to John 10, where Christ describes himself as both the “door” of the sheepfold and (perhaps more famously) as the good shepherd.

These two images are key to understanding the selection of the first and second readings, which focus on (1) Peter’s speech, highlighting the way salvation is found in Christ and (2) a reading from 1 Peter which climaxes in a description of Christ’s role as the...


Emmaus and Us: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Easter

Posted on May 02, 2014

Readings:
Acts 2:14,22-28
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today’s Gospel. Downcast and confused they’re making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred.

They know what they’ve seen - a prophet mighty in word and deed. They know what they were hoping for - that He...


Feast of St. Athanasius

Posted on May 01, 2014

Today’s the feast of St. Athanasius, the Father of Orthodoxy, the man who stared the world down when it awoke to find itself Arian. A great way to celebrate is by listening to Mike Aquilina’s interview on KVSS about this great and heroic saint.





 

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Star Light, Star Bright by Scott Hahn

Posted on May 01, 2014

Pope Benedict and Pope Francis have called her the “Star of the New Evangelization.” And the Blessed Virgin Mary is a star — not in the Hollywood sense. But, like a bright light in the night sky, she shows us the way.

Mary is, without rival, the most influential woman in human history. She has no rival. Who has influenced culture, painting, sculpture, architecture, poetry, music as much as she has? We’re transfixed...


A Throne Established Forever

Posted on April 29, 2014

An excerpt of our FREE online Bible Study

‘He Must Reign’: The Kingdom of God in Scripture

Course Description
The drama in the Gospels turns on a single question: Is Jesus the long awaited Messiah, the son of David come to restore the everlasting monarchy promised to David? Underlying this drama are centuries of rival interpretations of the Jewish Scriptures and competing expectations of who the Messiah was to be, the signs...