Archive (03/2011)


Eyesight to the Blind: Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 31, 2011

Readings:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Psalm 23:1-6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

God’s ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today’s First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel - as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind.

The blind man stands for all humanity. “Born totally in sin” he is made a new creation by the saving power...


Archbishop Gomez on the Pope's Book as the Model for Scripture Study

Posted on March 21, 2011

Archbishop Jose Gomez has a piece in the latest Tidings, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, focusing on Benedict’s new book. This is fantastic stuff! Would that all Catholic bishops would write to their faithful about the need to follow Benedict’s example of Scripture study!

Pope Benedict’s attempt to implement the Catholic biblical renewal envisioned by the Second Vatican Council will be alive and well in L.A. with...


Out of Africa

Posted on March 07, 2011

For St. Perpetua’s day, visit early Christian Africa—in one of the earliest posts on my blog.

Carthage, the cosmopolitan port city of ancient North Africa, had a thriving economy, a lively culture, and no small influence in world affairs. Christianity reached the Roman province of “New Africa” no later than the mid-second century, and possibly much earlier. From that time through the rest of the age of the Fathers, African Christians...


Archbishop Gomez's Inspiring Inaugural Homily

Posted on March 07, 2011

The new archbishop of Los Angeles delivered a stirring homily today. I just had to mention some of it here:

. . . this is not a future I could have ever imagined for myself [i.e., becoming the archbishop of the largest diocese in America, Los Angeles]. But our God is a God of surprises—un Dios de sorpresas—as well as a God of blessings and tender mercies!
As I mark the start of my...


Sirach as Scripture in Judaism?

Posted on March 01, 2011

My good friend Dr. Jeff Morrow (Seton Hall) has an excellent post up over at the excellent blog Caritas et Veritas on the formation of the canon of Scripture.

It is astonishing to me the way certain myths persist in scholarship. One example is the traditional narrative about the formation of the canon. I don’t have time to write a long post on this topic. Years ago I covered the development of the canon in...


Jesus as the Davidic Messiah in Matthew (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on March 01, 2011

Following up from part 1. Am I missing any major piece of the puzzle here that wouldn’t require a lot of explanation?

Jesus’ Davidic Exorcistic and Healing Powers. Jesus’ exorcisms and healings seem especially tied to his role as the Davidide. The blind healed by him address him specifically as “son of David” (cf. Matt 9:27; 20:31). Likewise, accounts of his exorcisms are linked with his role as the “son of David” (cf....