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Pray Thee Well!
About three weeks ago my summer peaked. And it had nothing to do with hiking a mountain with my kids. In fact, it happened right here in lil’ old Steubenville, Ohio. It was the St. Paul Center’s annual Applied Biblical Studies Conference which we co-sponsor with Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was a special conference not only because of the world-class lineup of speakers (e.g. Scott Hahn, Brant Pitre, Michael Barber, Jeff Cavins, etc…),...
A Foreigner’s Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies.
Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God’s covenant with...
Introducing our Latest Scripture Study! “The Bible and Prayer”
It’s no exaggeration to say that prayer and its relationship to the Bible are among the most important topics we can examine. That’s because we come to know God through the Bible, and commune with him through prayer. They’re meant to go together.
The Bible and Prayer part of our Journey Through Scripture program explores the human quest for God, unveiling the true nature of prayer: what it...
Sinking Fear: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13
How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will?
God commands Elijah in today’s First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing by. And in the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set out across the waters to meet Him.
Angels and Saints
As Catholics, we believe we are never alone; as we go about the business of our lives, we are covered in prayer by the angels and the saints. They are our constant companions in our journey to God. We also know that if we want to complete that journey, it’s not enough to just travel with the angels and saints; we must become like them. We must become saints. That’s the end to which God...
Food in Due Season: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 145:8-9, 15-18
In Jesus and the Church, Isaiah’s promises in today’s First Reading are fulfilled. All who are thirsty come to the living waters of baptism (see John 4:14). The hungry delight in rich fare - given bread to eat and wine to drink at the Eucharistic table.
This is the point, too, of today’s Gospel. The story...
“Come, Receive Grain and Eat”
The Feeding of the Five Thousand, the Eucharist, and the Hope of Israel
(18th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
POSTED BY DR. MICHAEL BARBER ON 07.31.14 |
This Sunday the readings highlight the way the Kingdom of God is present sacramentally. Specifically, hopes for the restoration of Israel are linked to a miracle of Jesus, the feeding of the five thousand, which is clearly understood eucharistically
I’ll be speaking on...
The Seventh Summer by Scott Hahn
In the Bible the seventh instance of anything is significant. Seven is the number signifying God’s covenant, and so it suggests a certain completion and perfection.
As we approached our seventh annual Letter and Spirit Summer Institute, it would have been natural to wonder whether our Institute has now become an institution.
Every year we approach it with high expectations, based on past successes, and yet every year it exceeds our expectations. This...
Treasures of the Kingdom: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 3:5,7-12
What is your new life in Christ worth to you?
Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today’s Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel today, sell all that you have in order to possess the kingdom He promises to us? If God were to grant any wish,...
Of Wheat and Weeds: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
God is always teaching His people, we hear in today’s First Reading.
And what does He want us to know? That He has care for all of us, that though He is a God of justice, even those who defy and disbelieve Him may hope for His mercy if they turn to Him in repentance....