So we are soon to begin the Triduum, this profound reflection on three earth-shaking events which form the pillars of our salvation: Eucharist, Crucifixion, Resurrection. The Readings for the Holy Thursday Mass focus on the continuity between the ancient Jewish Passover and the institution of the Eucharist. As the Passover was the meal that marked the transition from slavery to Egypt to the freedom… [Continue Reading]
Unlike the other Gospels, John recounts only a limited number of miracles of Jesus, which he designates as “signs,” a rare term in the other Gospels. Although John tells us of only a few miracles, he describes them in much greater depth than the other gospel writers do. This is quite evident in this weekend’s Gospel reading, in which we get a very lengthy description of all the events surrounding… [Continue Reading]
Need something sweet to get you through Lent? Of course you do! So check out this quick video by our Executive Director Matthew Leonard.
Matthew Leonard interviews Mark Hart about his new book Truth Be Told: Basics in Catholic Apologetics
You know we are “picking up steam” in the season of Lent when the Lectionary starts turning to the long readings from the Gospel of John (John 4, 9, 11). The Church turns to these texts from John at this point in the liturgical calendar, because John is, in so many ways, a mystagogical document, a gospel intended to takes us deeper into the mysteries, that is, the sacraments.
If one is not initiated… [Continue Reading]
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 hear similar words about how impossible it will be to feed the crowd with so little.… [Continue Reading]
This is a big moment for us—for you and me and those who share in the work of the St. Paul Center. In a sense, it’s a moment we’ve been waiting for since the very day we launched this apostolate.
This month we mark the release of the sixth volume of our journal, Letter & Spirit. This issue took us much longer than any other, and at 432 pages it’s quite large. It is, without a doubt, the most historically… [Continue Reading]
I got word this week that the paper I proposed for the Matthew section at this year’s annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature was accepted. Here’s the abstract:
Jesus’ Teaching on the Law, Deuteronomic Concessions and Eschatological Righteousness: A Re-examination of the Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage in Matthew 5:31–32
In the Sermon on the Mount we find Matthew’s most explicit account… [Continue Reading]
Archbishop Jose Gomez has a piece in the latest Tidings, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, focusing on Benedict’s new book. This is fantastic stuff! Would that all Catholic bishops would write to their faithful about the need to follow Benedict’s example of Scripture study!
Pope Benedict’s attempt to implement the Catholic biblical renewal envisioned by the Second Vatican Council will… [Continue Reading]
The Catholic Mass draws heavily from Scripture—in every prayer you hear quotations and allusions to biblical texts. In fact, last year I did a series of presentations now available through Saint Joseph Communications here (shameless plug!) exploring the biblical backdrop for the prayers of the Mass.
Now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has put out a footnoted version of the prayers… [Continue Reading]