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Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 02.26.14 |
The Bread of Life discourse in John 6 has Jesus emphasize over and over again that it is necessary for believers to “eat his flesh” and “drink his blood”.
Is this passage about the Eucharist?
There are good reasons for thinking so. First, the imagery of “eating” Jesus’ “flesh” and “drinking” his “blood” seems closely linked with the Last Supper, the only other place where such language is clearly… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 04.02.13 |
St. Paul makes it clear that Resurrection is an essential aspect of Christian faith. He states,
“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Cor 15:16–19).
The importance of this feast is also reiterated… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.11.13 |
“. . . you can have Scripture without having revelation. For revelation always and only becomes a reality where there is faith. The nonbeliever remains under the veil of which Paul speaks in the third chapter of his Second Letter to the Corinthians. He can read Scripture and know what is in it, can even understand at a purely intellectual level, what is meant and how what is said hangs together—and yet he has not shared in the revelation. Rather, revelation has only arrived where, in addition to the material assertions witnessing to it, its inner reality has itself become effective after the manner of faith. Consequently, the person who receives it also is a part of the revelation to a certain degree, for without him it does not exist. You cannot put revelation in your pocket like a book you carry around with you. It is a living reality that requires a living person as the locus of its presence.”
—Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, “The Question of the Concept of Tradition: A Provisional Response,” originally published in Offenbarung und Überlieferung (Revelation and Tradition, ), republished in God’s Word: Scripture—Tradition—Office (eds. P. Hünermann and T. Söding; trans. H. Taylor; San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2008), 52. [emphasis added]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 01.15.13 |
Recently, Pope Benedict XVI made headlines when he added a new name to the official list of figures given the title “Doctor of the Church”: St. Hildegard of Bingen. Who was she? Why did the Holy Father choose to declare her a doctor of the Church at this time?
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 07.16.12 |
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 hands of your… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 07.09.12 |
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 an area in which I’ve done a lot of work.
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 07.02.12 |
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… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 06.22.12 |
This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of John the Baptist. I recorded a podcast that provides an overview of the biblical texts describing his importance. It will be posted here soon.
Of course, you can also hear it on iTunes.
In this post I recap much of what I covered there.
John Bergsma will also be posting on the Sunday readings here as well. I might also link to more sites dealing with John… [Continue Reading]