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Jesus’ Triumphal Entry, the Descent into Hell, and the Coming of the Messiah (Palm Sunday, Year A)

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 04.10.14 |

entry into jerusalem

On this coming Sunday, the Church will bring us to what may be one of my favorite Masses and my favorite sets of Scripture readings in the entire liturgical year: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, popularly known simply as ‘Palm Sunday’.

With the Palm Sunday readings, the Church ushers us into the climax of the liturgical year in the celebration of Holy Week. This is the last Sunday feast before…  [Continue Reading]

Fasting on Fridays and the Passion of Jesus the Bridegroom

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 03.12.14 |

Jesus the Bridegroom

Have you ever wondered? Why do Catholics fast on Good Friday? Moreover, why is it traditional to fast on the Fridays of Lent?

There are, of course, various historical and liturgical reasons for the custom of fasting. But there’s also a biblical foundation for fasting on Fridays that’s directly tied to the topic of my new book, Jesus the Bridegroom: the Greatest Love Story Ever Told. The connection…  [Continue Reading]

The Jewish Roots of Palm Sunday and the Passion

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 03.22.13 |

Palm Sunday 2

On this coming Sunday, the Church will bring us to what may be one of my favorite Masses and my favorite sets of Scripture readings in the entire liturgical year: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, popularly known simply as ‘Palm Sunday’.

With the Palm Sunday readings, the Church ushers us into the climax of the liturgical year in the celebration of Holy Week. This is the last Sunday feast before…  [Continue Reading]

The Splendor of Eschatology: Highlights from Matthew Levering’s Jesus and the Demise of Death

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 04.13.12 |

Jesus and the Demise of Death

(This post is part of the Patheos roundtable discussion of Matthew Levering’s latest book from Baylor University Press.)

What happened to Jesus when he died? And what will happen to me when I die?

These two perennial Christian questions are the foci of Matthew’ Levering’s new book, Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate of the Christian (Baylor University Press, 2012).…  [Continue Reading]

Are War and Schism always Sins Against Charity?

Reflections on Matthew Levering's The Betrayal of Charity

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 08.09.11 |

Betrayal of Jesus

What would happen if, through some bending of the space-time continuum, it were possible to bring together at a conference table contemporary literary critics, theologians, and biblical scholars such as Harold Bloom, John Howard Yoder, and Richard Hays, as well as the common and angelic doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas? What would be the result if these interlocutors were to take as their topic of discussion…  [Continue Reading]

Was There a Passover Lamb at the Last Supper?

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 04.21.11 |Lamb, Last Supper, Passover

LastSupper

Today, Catholics everywhere will celebrate Holy Thursday by attending the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. At this Mass, we will read the institution of the Passover (Exod 12, OT reading), sing one of the most famous of the Hallel Psalms (Psalm 118, Responsorial Psalm), and then read the institution of the Eucharist (1 Cor 11, Epistle) and Jesus’ act of washing the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper…  [Continue Reading]

Fantastic New Commentary on Matthew's Gospel!

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 01.20.11 |

Matthew CCSS

With the coming the New Year, a number of blogs gave recommended readings for the upcoming year. I’d like to do the same, and recommend two books to read carefully over the course of the coming year.

1. First, since for those of us following the Catholic lectionary, it is Year A, it’s a great opportunity to reread closely and carefully the Gospel of Matthew. Over a hundred years ago, the French author…  [Continue Reading]

Pope Benedict XVI's New Apostolic Exhortation on the Bible is Here!

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 11.10.10 |

13th Bible

Great News!

According to Zenit News Service, Pope Benedict XVI’s long-anticipated Apostolic Exhortation on the Bible, Verbum Domini will be released today, November 11!
The following link will take you to the Exhortation on the Vatican website:

For those of us in Catholic…  [Continue Reading]


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