Archive (09/2012)

To Belong to Christ: Reflections on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 28, 2012

Numbers 11:25–29   
Psalm 19:8,10,12–14 
James 5:1–6   
Mark 9:38–48

Today’s Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar moment in the history of Israel, the episode recalled in today’s First Reading. The seventy elders who receive God’s Spirit through Moses prefigure the ministry of the apostles.

Like Joshua in the First Reading, John makes the mistake...

Changing the World from a Cave

Posted on September 27, 2012

Join Matthew Leonard and Bible scholar Curtis Mitch as they discuss the great (though somewhat ill-tempered) St. Jerome. Learn how he transformed scripture study, his zero tolerance for dissent from the Church, how he lived out his famous maxim—“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”...and more.


New Testament: Sacrifice or Execution

Posted on September 25, 2012

Dr. Hahn explains why we call the Cross a sacrifice and the implications of Christ’s command to “Do this” at the Last Supper. Listen closely and you’ll never view the New Testament the same way again.


Servant of All: Reflections on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 21, 2012

Wisdom 2:12,17-20
Psalm 54:3-8
James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30-37

In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests and scribes - who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33-34). 

The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy...

Following the Messiah: Reflections on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 13, 2012

Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is. 

Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when he declares: “You are the Messiah.” 


Mystagogy of Marriage?

Posted on September 12, 2012

Matthew Leonard, Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, gives a glimpse at the life and work of St. John Chrysostom and the Mystagogy of Marriage.


All Things Well: Reflections on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 06, 2012

Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37

The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things he had done and declared them good (see Genesis 1:31). 

Mark also deliberately evokes Isaiah&rsquo...

What is the New Evangelization?

Posted on September 05, 2012

Dr. Hahn explains what the New Evangelization is, why Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict have called for it, and why we should think of it as a long term project, a marathon not a sprint.