Archive (06/2012)


Arise!: Reflections for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 29, 2012

Readings:
Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Mark 5:21-24, 35-43

God, who formed us in His imperishable image, did not intend for us to die, we hear in today’s First Reading. Death entered the world through the devil’s envy and Adam and Eve’s sin; as a result, we are all bound to die.

But in the moving story in today’s Gospel,...


The Church’s First Theologian

Posted on June 28, 2012

Today is the feast of St. Irenaeus, bishop of Lyon (d. 202 AD),arguably the first systematic theologian in the Church.  In his youth, he learned from St. Polycarp who was a student of the Apostle John.  Irenaeus’ teaching is still very important in the Church more than 1800 years later; he is explicitly cited 24 times in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  His work is surprisingly relevant for us today since he faced in second century...


Cyril the Virile

Posted on June 27, 2012

Today’s saint, Cyril of Alexandria, is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. The titles are a grace, of course, but he worked hard to correspond to them.

He was the nephew of his predecessor as Patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt. He likely spent his youth in a monastery before his uncle drafted him as an assistant and secretary. In 402 he accompanied Theophilus to the notorious Synod of the Oak that deposed St....


He Must Increase: Reflections on the Birth of John the Baptist

Posted on June 22, 2012

Readings:
Isaiah 49: 1–6
Psalm 139: 1–2, 13–15
Acts 13:22–26
Luke 1:57–66, 80

The people in this week’s Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John.

Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be.

John the Baptist was fashioned in secret, knit by God in his mother’s womb, as we sing in this Sunday’s...


Bishops Announce New Translation of the New Testament

Posted on June 20, 2012

In America the most widely used English version of the Bible by Catholics is the New American Bible.

Its popularity is largely due to the fact that it is this version of Scripture that is read at Mass on Sunday.

Last year a revised edition was released that re-worked the Old Testament. It has not however been approved for liturgical use.

Now the process of retranslating the New Testament has been undertaken.

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Origen and His Influence on Christian Theology

Posted on June 18, 2012

With the big discovery of some of his lost homilies on the Psalms in the news, I decided to focus on Origen in this week’s episode of The Sacred Page Podcast.

Below is a .pdf containing an outline and notes of this presentation, with references to primary sources cited.

The-Sacred-Page-Podcast on Origen

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Tree of Righteousness: Reflections on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 15, 2012

Readings: 
Ezekiel 17:22-24 
Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 2
Corinthians 5:6-10 
Mark 4:26-34

Through the oracles of the Prophet Ezekiel, God gave his people reason to hope. It would have been a cryptic message to his hearers, long centuries before the Lord’s coming.

Ezekiel glimpsed a day when the Lord God would place a tree on a mountain in Israel, a tree that would &ldquo...


Feast of Faith

Posted on June 14, 2012

“Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival … with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:8).

Saint Paul wrote that line about the Christian Passover, the feast of the victory of the Lamb of God. But he would certainly forgive me for applying it to the feast day he shares with Saint Peter on the Church’s calendar.

It’s a big day for us at the Saint Paul Center. He...


Lost Homilies of Origen Found!

Posted on June 14, 2012

I’ve written a bit on Origen in the past (e.g., here). He’s one of my favorite early Christian writers. He’s also one of Pope Benedict’s favorites. In his catechetical series on the fathers, Benedict XVI spent two lectures on Origen (many only got one).

Well, now we have more of Origen than ever before. In a spectacular new discovery, lost works of his have apparently been found!

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Blood of the Covenant: Reflections on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Posted on June 08, 2012

Readings:
Exodus 24:3-8
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
Hebrews 9:11-15
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

All of today’s readings are set in the context of the Passover. The First Reading recalls the old covenant celebrated at Sinai following the first Passover and the exodus.

In sprinkling the blood of the covenant on the Israelites, Moses was symbolizing God’s desire in this covenant to make them His family, His “blood”...


Family of Love: Reflections on the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

Posted on June 01, 2012

Readings:
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Psalm 33:4- 6, 9, 18-20, 22
Romans 8:14-17
Matthew 28:16-20

Last Sunday, we celebrated the sending of the Spirit, which sealed God’s new covenant and made a new creation.

In this new creation, we live in the family of God, who has revealed himself as a Trinity of love. We share in His divine nature through His body and blood (see 2 Peter 1:4). This is the meaning of the...