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Watch For Him: Reflections on the First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 63:16-17, 19
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading.
In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down...
Kinship by Covenant: Reviewed by Pablo Gadenz
Scholars are increasingly interested in studying how the New Testament authors refer to the Old Testament not so much to find isolated prooftexts but as part of an overall rereading of Israel’s story in light of the Christ-event. Individual texts and large sections of the Old Testament thus provide the New Testament authors with a narrative framework in which to understand the unfolding of God’s plan of salvation. Since the framework remains implicit, however, scholars...
When the End Comes: Reflections on the Solemnity of Christ the King
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Many saints and Church leaders have seen a connection between Christ’s words in the Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King (see Matthew 25:31-43) and His promise to be present in the Eucharist (see Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:15-20).
For instance, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say of her work with the destitute: &ldquo...
Dr. Scott Hahn - Paschal Sacrifice: A Heavenly Banquet for Earthly Beggars
Settling Accounts: Reflections on the Readings from the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The day of the Lord is coming, Paul warns in today’s Epistle. What matters isn’t the time or the season, but what the Lord finds us doing with the new life, the graces He has given to us.
This is at the heart of Jesus’ parable in today’s Gospel. Jesus is the Master. Having died, risen, and ascended into heaven, He appears to have gone away for a long time.
John Bergsma on the Dead Sea Scrolls
Dr. Michael Barber explores the Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. John Bergsma, looking specifically at why Catholics should find them interesting.
You can find Dr. Bergsma’s audio series on the Scrolls here.
The Successor of Peter and Biblical Interpretation
ome months ago on this blog, we had a discussion about the role of the Papacy in the Church and specifically with respect to the interpretation of Scripture.
I keep coming back to the Pope’s homily upon assuming the Chair of Peter in St. John Lateran (7 May 2005).
(St. John Lateran is, of course, the Cathedral of Rome—not St. Peter’s in the Vatican. St. John Lateran is the official...
Great Time at the Shrine
Dr. Hahn and I had the pleasure of visiting and speaking at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, this weekend. A crowd of 400 came out to make the Marian pilgrimage, and hear talks on Confession and Eucharist, and receive those very sacraments. The Shrine, built by the people of the Diocese of La Crosse under the leadership of now-Cardinal Raymond Burke, is a hidden treasure of Catholicism in the Midwest. Extraordinarily...
The Supper of the Lamb
You probably haven’t yet heard the new translation of the Mass, but I’ll bet you’ve heard plenty about it. The media interest has been astonishing. The Church’s education efforts have been prodigious. The response from Catholic publishers has been just short of epic.
Thanks be to God for this historic moment that returns our focus to the Mass. I know that it will be a difficult adjustment for some,...
Calling the Fathers: Reflections on the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time
Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13
Though they were Moses’ successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemns in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter and be closed off from God.
In a word, Israel&rsquo...