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Why Jesus was Baptized and Tempted?; with John Bergsma

Posted on January 16, 2012

In this episode of The Sacred Page Podcast John Bergsma joins me to discuss why Jesus was baptized and tempted in the wilderness? Here we talk about Creation imagery, Exodus motifs, and Davidic typology in the Gospel accounts—and how they are all tied together!

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Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Posted on January 10, 2012

Mike Aquilina discusses St. Gregory of Nyssa, a great thinker and man of prayer of the 4th century.



Ushering in the New Year of Faith!

Posted on January 09, 2012

The Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5).

That’s been the constant cry not only of the Lord’s Apostles, but of every disciple since Day One of the New Testament. Deep faith got Jesus’ attention (seeMatthew 8:10) and moved him to perform miracles (see Matthew 9:2 and 22). Shallow faith brought on his rebuke (see Matthew 6:30 and 14:31). 

He strongly suggested that our...

Newborn King: Reflections on the Epiphany of our Lord

Posted on January 06, 2012

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-2,7-8, 10-13
Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6
Matthew 2:1-12

An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears.

Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be born. The answer Matthew puts on their lips says much...

Anointed Ones: Reflections on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Monday Jan 9th)

Posted on January 06, 2012

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10 
Acts 10:34-38 
Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus presents himself for John’s baptism in today’s Gospel, not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”) - the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today’s...

The Feast of St. Basil

Posted on January 02, 2012

Mike Aquilina discusses the life and legacy of the Bishop of Caesarea, and one of the most distinguished Doctors of the Church, Saint Basil the Great!


In the New Beginning: Reflections on the Readings of Christmas Day

Posted on December 22, 2011

Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-5, 9-14

The birth of Jesus marks a new creation, the start of a new heavens and a new earth (see Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13). That’s why the first words of today’s Gospel reprise the Bible’s first words - “In the beginning” (see Genesis 1:1).

Jesus is the Word that God spoke when He said, “Let there...

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Posted on December 19, 2011

Pulled from our audio archive shelf, an excellent interview with Dr. Scott Hahn and Gus Lloyd on the real meaning of Christmas, enjoy!


The Mystery Kept Secret: Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 16, 2011

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11,16 
Psalm 89:2-5,27,29 
Romans 16:25-27 
Luke 1:26-38

What is announced to Mary in today’s Gospel is the revelation of all that the prophets had spoken. It is, as Paul declares in today’s Epistle, the mystery kept secret since before the foundation of the world (see Ephesians 1:9; 3:3-9).

Mary is the virgin prophesied to bear a son of the...

One Who is Coming: Reflections on the 3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 09, 2011

Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week’s readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today’s Gospel, is best understood by who he isn’t.

He is not Elijah returned from the heavens (see 2 Kings 2:11), although like him he dresses in the prophet’s attire ...