Bread Left Over: Reflections on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18
Today’s liturgy brings together several strands of Old Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel’s promised Messiah and king, the Lord who comes to feed His people.
Notice the parallels between today’s Gospel and First Reading. Both Elisha and Jesus face a crowd of hungry people with only a few “barley” loaves. We...
Fury of the Idolaters, Beauty of the Faith
If all we knew of today’s saint were the monuments left in his honor, we would conclude that he was a very great man indeed. July 23 is the memorial of St. Apollinaris, the first bishop of Ravenna in Italy. And the two sanctuaries dedicated to his memory — Sant’Apollinare in Classe and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo — are among the chief reasons why Ravenna appears on lists of the most beautiful cities on earth. (See...
One Flock: Reflections on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
As the Twelve return from their first missionary journey in today’s Gospel, our readings continue to reflect on the authority and mission of the Church.
Jeremiah says in the First Reading that Israel’s leaders, through godlessness and fanciful teachings, had mislead and scattered God’s people. He promises God will send a shepherd, a king and son...
The Heavenly Liturgy in Judaism, the New Testament and the Eucharistic Celebration
I’m currently teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on Liturgical Theology and so I’ve been doing a lot of work in the study of worship. In the most recent podcast of “The Sacred Page” I thought I’d share some thoughts on the topic.
In the first Eucharistic Prayer of the Catholic Mass, the priest makes reference to an altar in heaven: “command that these gifts be borne by...
The Church’s Mission: Reflections on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In commissioning the apostles in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a preview of His Church’s mission after the resurrection.
His instructions to the Twelve echo those of God to the twelve tribes of Israel on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. The Israelites likewise were sent out with no bread and...
What We're Reading Now: St. Bernard on Song of Songs
Lately I’ve been reading through St. Bernard’s four volumes of sermons on the Song of Songs. I find it both spiritually edifying and historically interesting.
Frequently, St. Bernard’s descriptions of the moral terpitude of twelfth-century Europe sound scarcely any different from contemporary American culture. Truly there is “nothing new under the sun.”
St. Bernard’s style of exegesis is certainly a far cry from...
Feast of St. Benedict
On the feast of St. Benedict (d. 543 AD), take a few minutes to listen to Mike Aquilina discuss the life of this giant of the Catholic Faith the founder of western monastacism, emphasizing prayer, work, study and contemplation....
Catholic Church Architecture Part 1 of 10: Architectural Theology
Senior Fellow Denis McNamara reflects on what a Catholic church building should be like. It’s not just a matter of taste or personal preference. But it is (in a certain sense) like the smell of chocolate chip cookies....
Jesus as Prophet, His Prophetic Signs and the Last Supper (Podcast and Outline)
In this episode I look at Jesus’ role as a prophet, a much overlooked aspect of his ministry. In addition, I look at the role of “prophetic acts”, other first-century Jewish figures, and, for good measure, the Last Supper. This is podcast is jam-packed.
Click here for a .pdf of the outline with all the references cited. Note the extensive footnotes. I covered much of this material in my doctoral dissertation, so this is...
Hijo de María - 14o Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Ezequiel 2, 2-5
Salmo 123, 1-4
2 Corintios 12, 7-10
Marcos 6, 1-6
n los evangelios de los últimos do¬mingos hemos sido testigos, junto a los apóstoles, del poder de Jesús, quien es capaz de mandar al viento y al mar, y de levantar una muchacha que estaba muerta.
Sin embargo, parecería que no puede mostrar ese poder en Nazaret, su lugar de origen. El evangelio...
Son of Mary: Reflections on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
As we’ve walked with the apostles in the Gospels in recent weeks, we’ve witnessed Jesus command the wind and sea, and order a little girl to arise from the dead.
But He seems to meet His match in His hometown of Nazareth. Today’s Gospel is blunt: “He was not able to perform any mighty deed...
Thomas the Twin
Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday Audience on St. Thomas from Vatican.va
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Continuing our encounters with the Twelve Apostles chosen directly by Jesus, today we will focus our attention on Thomas. Ever present in the four lists compiled by the New Testament, in the first three Gospels he is placed next to Matthew (cf. Mt 10: 3;Mk 3: 18; Lk 6: 15), whereas in Acts, he is found after Philip (cf. ...
If you’ve read any of my books, you know about the biblical significance of the number seven. God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. The seventh day would forever stand as a sign of the covenant (see Exodus 31:16-17). He invited mankind to enter into His rest—to enter into a covenant relationship with Him, a family relation. Indeed, to swear a covenant in ancient Israel was to &ldquo...
The Early Church. . . Mothers? Mike Aquilina’s Fascinating New Book (w/ Podcast!)
Most people have heard of the Early Church Fathers, but the Mothers of the Church. . . there’s a category of saints we hear less often.
In part, that is due to the fact that not many of the early Christian women wrote. Yet that should not obscure the important contribution women made to the early Church.
In fact, as a number of sociologists and Church historians have demonstrated, Christianity involved a revolutionary...