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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
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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....
The Word’s Return: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today’s readings, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? That question underlies today’s Gospel, especially.
The Bible and the Fathers
It was the Bible that made me read the Fathers.
When I was studying for the Presbyterian ministry, I wanted to understand the world where Jesus lived and where the apostles preached. I wanted to defend the New Testament canon against its latest round of challenges, for example — against those who would place the newfound “Gnostic Gospels” on the same footing as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
My research into that world was my introduction to the...
A Yoke for the Childlike: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
Romans 8:9, 11-13
Jesus is portrayed in today’s Gospel as a new and greater Moses.
Moses, the meekest man on earth (see Numbers 12:3), was God’s friend (see Exodus 34:12,17). Only he knew God “face to face” (see Deuteronomy 34:10). And Moses gave Israel the yoke of the Law, through which God first revealed himself and how we...
Blessed Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the Apostle of India.
Most people know him from the single episode in the upper room after Our Lord’s resurrection (John 20) when he at first refused to believe without seeing. And if you refer to “Doubting Thomas” everyone will know whom you mean. But when you take a look at his whole life and his martyr’s death, it would be more accurate if we called him “Trusting Thomas.” Sent out with all...
Word of the ‘Living Father’: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
The Eucharist is given to us as a challenge and a promise. That’s how Jesus presents it in today’s Gospel.
He doesn’t make it easy for those who hear Him. They are repulsed and offended at His words. Even when they begin to quarrel, He insists on describing the eating and drinking of His...
How God Loves: Scott Hahn Reflects on The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
We often begin Mass with the prayer from today’s Epistle: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” We praise the God who has revealed himself as a Trinity, a communion of persons.
Communion with the Trinity is the goal of...