Friday, December 31, 2010

January 2, 2011: Study and Meditations on this Sunday's Scripture Readings

Happy New Year everyone! To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings, studies and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle A. In the Gospel Reading, we see the visit of the Magi, non-Jewish wise men from the East, who precede and foreshadow all the Gentiles who will seek out Jesus as their king.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study".

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcasts on the readings from St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation (the other two studies usually featured are not available this week).

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Need An Idea For a New Year's Resolution? How About Reading the Bible?

Well, the New Year is upon us and with it comes the traditional time for the making of (what we hope will be) life-changing resolutions. The most common of these, of course, is losing a significant amount of weight (or at least enough weight to get into at least some of the clothes that are gathering dust in your closet. I have a theory about my closet that something in there is causing my clothes to shrink, but I need to develop my thesis a little more before I can publish). Another common resolution is that of finally getting organized: planning meals, finances, general time management, and not unexpectedly running out of clean underwear usually fall under this heading.

Well, if you've seen my physique or my underwear drawer, you can safely assume I'm of no help to anyone in either of these first two areas. But one resolution I do have some suggestions is also a common one this time of year: to start reading the Bible in a meaningful way. 

Right away we can dismiss the most common mistake people make in this area: resolving to start at Genesis and read all the way to the end of Revelation. This is an almost sure recipe for failure. Most people who blithely and with good intent start out in this manner, almost invariably get bogged down in Leviticus or so (around the third book of the Bible) when they run into all the long chapters of dietary laws and prescriptions for animal sacrifice. With eyes glassed over, they end up laying the Bible aside to resume it's previous function as a dust collector. Don't do this.

If you go to the web-page connected to this blog, you can find an article I did on "Getting Started" in reading the Bible. I'd still recommend reading that if you haven't already, but I have another idea specifically for the New Year that I'd like to share as well: starting a study of the Gospel According to Matthew.

Why Matthew? Well, as you probably know, the Church's three year cycle of Scripture readings proclaimed at Sunday Mass focuses on a different Gospel each cycle. Last year, Year C, it was the Gospel of Mark; next year (Cycle B) it will be Luke; this year (Cycle A, which actually started back on the 1st Sunday of Advent) most of the Gospel readings we will hear will come from Matthew (the Gospel of John is mixed in with the other Cycles, mostly Cycle C since Mark is the shortest synoptic Gospel, and on special feast days).

If that last paragraph is a little confusing, the gist is that this year we will be hearing Matthew's Gospel at Sunday Mass. What better way to gain a firmer grasp on these Scriptures than to establish a solid grounding before you hear them? If you visit this blog often (or the associated  web-site or the Facebook pages) you already know you can find a study and numerous resources for each Sunday's readings. It is important, however, for us to read the biblical books in their larger contexts so that we can get more of a "big picture" understanding of what the sacred writer (and the Holy Spirit) is trying to tell us. If you are Catholic, it is also of the most critical importance that your primary resources for biblical studies be Catholic resources. This is because, as helpful as many of them are, non-Catholic studies are often lacking in the Catholic perspective that comes with 2000 years of Holy Spirit-guided magisterial teaching and the insights of the great Saints of the Faith. And even the best of non-Catholic biblical resources can be marred by faulty theological world-views such as Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide, and the worst of them contain anti-Catholic or false comments about Catholicism. If you have a solid grounding in the teachings of your own Faith, you can avoid being confused or misled by alternative interpretations.

There are several terrific Catholic resources for studying the Gospel of Matthew available--both free and for purchase-- that I can recommend. I'll limit myself to six of what I think would be the most helpful resources for someone just starting out:

Reading the Old Testament in the New: The Gospel of Matthew  

How did the New Testament writers read the Old Testament in light of the coming of Jesus Christ? This course offers an in-depth answer to that question, focusing on the use of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Matthew. Free online course offered through the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.


Host - Dr. Tim Grey and 4 students from the Augustine

In this 13 part series, Professor Tim Grey and 4 students from the Augustine discuses the first Gospel in the new Testament: St. Matthew’s. We’ll learn the genealogy of Jesus, the meaning of His parables, and his message of love. Free mp3 download from EWTN.

Host: David Higbee of St. Irenaeus Ministries.
An 18 part series examining the Gospel of Matthew. Almost a passage by passage study; lots of biblical background and practical application. Free mp3 download.


Mystery of the Kingdom is a refreshing Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew that focuses on the “kingdom of God.” Why is the kingdom at the heart of Jesus’ teaching? What were Jesus’ contemporaries expecting? What did Jesus actually say about His kingdom? What is the relationship between the “kingdom” and the Catholic Church we see today? Book by Edward P. Sri

Catholic Commentary On Sacred Scripture: The Gospel of Matthew

This engaging commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is the fifth of seventeen volumes in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS), which will cover the entire New Testament. This volume, like each in the series, relates Scripture to life, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry. Catechism references and questions for reflection. Book by Edward Sri and Curtis Mitch. As a commentary, it is a valuable permanent reference for your Scripture study library.


The Navarre Bible Commentary: The Gospel According Matthew

Part of a 12 volume set of the New Testament with extensive explanations of the meaning of the scriptural text and its implications for everyday life. The commentaries draw on a rich variety of sources - Church documents, the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and the work of prominent spiritual writers, particularly Saint Josemaria Escriva, who initiated the Navarre Bible project. The commentary appears on the same page as the Bible text, which is the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition. Each volume is self-contained with extensive introductions and notes to Old Testament prophecies. The Navarre Bible commentary is considered by many to be the best Catholic commentary on the Bible available today.


The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible on the Gospel of Matthew

This Ignatius Catholic Study Bible on the Gospel of Matthew is based on the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, with insightful commentary by renowned Bible teachers, Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch. This thorough study takes you on a journey through the Gospel of Matthew with actual biblical text and the Church’s guidelines for understanding the Bible as your guides. The ample notes on each page by Hahn and Mitch deepen your study with fresh insights alongside time-trusted interpretations from Fathers of the Church. The additional geographical, historical, cultural and theological notes create a clear picture of what St. Matthew often assumes his reader is aware of. Also included in this Ignatius Catholic Study Bible of The Gospel of Matthew are topical essays, word studies, charts and maps. An easy to use cross reference section and study questions at the end of each chapter help to engage you as an active participant in your growing knowledge and understanding of the Gospel of Matthew. These tools along side an introductory essay discussing questions of authorship, date, destination, structure and themes make this study of the Gospel of Matthew a true gift to the Faith. (This individual volume is now found in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, New Testament--which I also highly recommend-- but for individual study on Matthew, this is an option.)

There are many other good resources I could recommend, but these, in my opinion, are the best of the best that are readily available and highly accessible. May your study of God's Word this year, whatever form it takes, bring you many blessings and bring you closer to Our Lord and His Kingdom. Happy New Year!

















































Friday, December 17, 2010

December 19: Study and Meditations on this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings, studies and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle A. In the Gospel Reading, we see the events surrounding the coming of Jesus into the world--events foretold long ago through the prophets of Israel.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

NEW: I have also started a discussion  thread about the Readings over a the Catholic Answers Forums, which you can find here.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 12: Study and Meditations on this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Cycle A. In the Gospel Reading, John the Baptist sends his disciples to Jesus so they can ask him: "Are you the One who is to come?"

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

I have also started a new discussion thread for this Sunday's readings over at the Catholic Answers forums, found here which will be updated through the week-end.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

December 5: Study and Meditations on this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Cycle A. In the Gospel Reading, John the Baptist appears in the Judean wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

I have also started a new discussion thread for this Sunday's readings over at the Catholic Answers forums, found here which will be updated through the week-end.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

November 28: Study and Meditations for this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Advent.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

I have also started a new discussion thread for this Sunday's readings over at the Catholic Answers forums, found here.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

November 21: Study and Meditations for this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King, Cycle C. It is the last Sunday in that liturgical cycle; next Sunday is the First Sunday of the season of Advent, and the beginning of a new liturgical cycle, Cycle A.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

An excellent article from "The Rosary Light and Life" website which tells what it means for Jesus Christ to be our king can be found here.

I've also started a new discussion thread on these readings over at the "Catholic Answers" forums which I will be updating throughout the weekend. You can find that thread here.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 14: Study and Meditations for this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, Jesus foretells the destruction of the Jerusalem temple, preparing his disciples for persecution and judgment. This Sunday is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

I've also started a new discussion thread on these readings over at the "Catholic Answers" forums. You can find that thread here.

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Pope Benedict Issues A Major Church Document on Sacred Scripture

"Pope Benedict has issued the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini [The Word of the Lord], the most important Church document devoted to Sacred Scripture since the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), which was promulgated in 1965.

"The publication of Verbum Domini follows the twelfth ordinary general assembly of the Synod Of Bishops, which took place in 2008 and was devoted to “The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church.”

"The document, though released on November 11, is dated September 30, the memorial of St. Jerome.

"Verbum Domini joins Dei Verbum and three papal encyclicals-- Pope Leo XIII's Providentissimus Deus (1893), Pope Benedict XV's Spiritus Paraclitus (1920), and Venerable Pius XII's Divino Afflante Spiritu (1943)-- as a milestone in the development of Catholic teaching on Sacred Scripture, which is summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (nos. 101-141). "

(HT to CatholicCulture.org)

Here is a link to an EWTN article outlining the document. A direct link to a PDF of the document itself can be found here.


Friday, November 5, 2010

November 7: Study and Meditations for this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, Jesus answers a challenge from his opponents, the Sadducees, about marriage and the Resurrection. This Sunday is the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Please consider supporting those who provide these free resources. Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Friday, October 29, 2010

October 31: Study and Meditations on This Sunday Scripture Readings

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, we hear about the encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus, the chief tax-collector of Jericho. This Sunday is the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

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are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Please consider supporting those who provide these free resources. Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Friday, October 22, 2010

October 24: Study and Meditations on the Scripture Readings for this Coming Sunday

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. This Sunday is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Please consider supporting those who provide these free resources. Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Due To Technical Problems Beyond My Control..."

Just a quick note: I'm having technical problems in posting this Sunday's "Sunday Scripture for Catholics" resource on my main website. If anyone needs a copy of it, please e-mail me directly from the website and I will send you a Word document. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Meanwhile,I've also started a new thread about this week's Sunday Readings in the "Catholic Answers" forums which I will be updating frequently throughout the weekend.

Friday, October 15, 2010

October 17: Study and Meditations on this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help us prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, Jesus tells the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. This Sunday is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Please consider supporting those who provide these free resources. Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Monday, October 11, 2010

My Review of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible

Recently (for my birthday, in fact) I recieved a new Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, New Testament from my lovely wife. Well, it's kind of new and it's not. If you are familiar with this Catholic study Bible, you know that it has been a work in progress for the last several years, being released in booklet form one or two (sometimes three) New Testament books at a time. Bible geek that I am, of course, I own that entire collection. I've found them extremely helpful, with my favorite Scripture translation (the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition), and edited by two of my favorite popular Biblical scholars, Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch. Now these books have been gathered together in a one volume Catholic New Testament study Bible--probably the best one on the market today.

This one volume study Bible has all the great notes that the booklets did (think of it as a Catholic version of, for example, the NIV Study Bible), with good cross references, insightful and infomative footnotes, references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other Church documents, as well as quotations from the Early Church Fathers and other great saints). It has a pretty good index and concordance in the back, as well as some full color maps. There are lots of informative sidebars and in-depth articles throughout that discuss important biblical words, concepts and interpretation issues.
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The text is very readable and set up nicely, with the side-bars, articles and some small black and white maps scattered throughout the text. There is a little margin on the sides for scribbling notes (more room than my NAB anyway), and it has very helpful headings for key passages. The size is somewhat on the large size--bigger than most personal Bibles. They could probably get away with a somewhat smaller font and less white space between the biblical books, so I'm hoping they might come up with a more compact version in the future. One thing they lack that the booklets had were questions for study and personal reflection on each book of the New Testament. Ignatius Press, however, has made these available on their promotional website, found here.

I wasn't going to get one of these, resolving to keep using the booklets until the entire Bible was finished (they are releasing the Genesis booklet this month), but now that I have the one volume New Testament, I'm glad I do. It is available in a number of formats; I asked for the inexpensive paperback edition ($14 on Amazon), because I consider it my temporary copy until the entire work is published-- and it will probably be worn out by then. When it finally is completed, it will be without a doubt, THE gold standard of Catholic study Bibles for the average Catholic who treasures God's Word in the Scriptures.

For more reviews on this study Bible, see the following:

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 10: Study and Meditations on this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, the focus is on thankfulness as Jesus heals ten men suffering from leprosy. This Sunday is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here are a trio of Catholic Bible study podcasts on the Gospel Reading, each about an hour long:

--Sunday Gospel Scripture Study
--St. Martha's Adult Faith Formation

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Please consider supporting those who provide these free resources. Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Friday, October 1, 2010

October 3: Study and Meditations On the Scripture Readings for This Sunday

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, Jesus talks about the power of faith--even faith the size of a mustard seed. This Sunday is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 26 - Study and Meditations on this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, Jesus addresses the Pharisees and all those who "are lovers of wealth" (Luke 16:14) with the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. This Sunday is the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Monday, September 20, 2010

"The Imitation of Christ" On Reading the Holy Scripture

From "The Imitation of Christ," the spiritual classic by Thomas a' Kempis which has nourished untold numbers of souls for centuries, including great saints like St. Therese of Lisieux:

The Fifth Chapter
READING THE HOLY SCRIPTURE

TRUTH, not eloquence, is to be sought in reading the Holy Scriptures; and every part must be read in the spirit in which it was written. For in the Scriptures we ought to seek profit rather than polished diction.

Likewise we ought to read simple and devout books as willingly as learned and profound ones. We ought not to be swayed by the authority of the writer, whether he be a great literary light or an insignificant person, but by the love of simple truth. We ought not to ask who is speaking, but mark what is said. Men pass away, but the truth of the Lord remains forever. God speaks to us in many ways without regard for persons.

Our curiosity often impedes our reading of the Scriptures, when we wish to understand and mull over what we ought simply to read and pass by.

If you would profit from it, therefore, read with humility, simplicity, and faith, and never seek a reputation for being learned. Seek willingly and listen attentively to the words of the saints; do not be displeased with the sayings of the ancients, for they were not made without purpose.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

What Did Jesus Write?

When Jesus confronted the crowd that was threatening to stone the woman caught in adultery in John 8:2-11, what did he write on the ground with his finger?

This question came up in my men's group this morning, in the context of the larger question "Did Jesus ever write anything down?" First, the passage from John we were discussing:

Early in the morning [Jesus] came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?" This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. (John 8:2-6, RSV-CE)

The fact is, since the Scriptures don't explicitly say in this passage, we don't really know what he wrote--or even if he was writing or drawing (the literal Greek says he was "tracing."). One theory I've heard is that he was simply doodling to show his unconcern with the debate going on around him. I myself favor what is found in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, Gospel of John:

8:8 wrote…on the ground: What Jesus inscribes in the dirt is unknown but probably symbolic. * The gesture may recall Jer 17:13, a warning that those who forsake the Lord “shall be written in the earth” because they have rejected the “fountain of living water”. The Pharisees fall into this category for rejecting Jesus, who has just been identified as the source of “living water.” (see John 7:38).

Here is the passage from Jeremiah (17:13):

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake thee shall be put to shame; those who turn away from thee shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water.

In other words, Jesus gave them a 'two-fer' here. Not only did he (1) show those around him that he knew what their sins were, and that they had better think of mercy as well as justice, and (2) Those more educated Pharisses standing near-by, remembering the context of the entire quote from Jeremiah, would be challenged again for their not believing in Jesus.

September 19: Study and Meditation for this Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the Dishonest Steward. This Sunday is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 12: Study and Meditations on the Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, we hear the much beloved--and challenging-- story of the Prodigal Son. This Sunday is the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September 5th: Study and Meditation on the Scripture Readings for this Sunday

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, Jesus warns those who would follow him to count the cost of doing so. This Sunday is the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What Was the Story of "The Tower of Babel" All About?

In the Catholic Answers "Quick Questions" newsletter I receive by e-mail each day, there was an interesting question asked and answer given about the familiar story in Genesis 11. I don't think I've heard this particular interpretation on the event, so I thought I'd share:

Q: “ What was the sin of the tower of Babel?"

A: A Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture explains Genesis 11:1-9 as follows:

The inhabitants of the city started to build a great stage-tower zigguarat, which they raised to some considerable height and then were unable to complete. The massive remains were a visible reminder of the ineffectual attempt which tradition recorded to have been accompanied by discord and consequent migration of many of the population. This meager historical record explains why the sacred writer did not mention the nature of the sin which led to the frustration of the grandiose design. But his deep conviction of God’s overruling government of the world taught him that the attempt had been displeasing to God and the narrative suggests that the sin was one of overweening human pride and self-sufficiency.

The story has been widely understood to tell of a miraculous intervention by which different languages were introduced and the population thus became unable to understand one another. But it must be noted that the different groups among not only the Japhethites and Chamites, 10:5,20, but also among the Semites, 10:31, are already recorded to have had their various languages, and as the two former groups are already out of the story, the origin of languages is not recorded here. Moreover, the word for "languages" is lason which is that used in 10:5, 20, 31. In our passage this word is not found. That used is sapah, "lip," which also signifies "utterance." The natural meaning here is that the people at first in complete harmony "all saying the same thing" fell out among themselves and could not agree upon a common policy; and as a result of the discord (and possibly of fighting) there was a migration. Already in the fourth century St. Gregory of Nyssa was quite emphatic that God did not miraculously impose different languages on mankind. (192-193)

The Jerome Commentary on Genesis 11:1-9 says:

The evil is in their desire to "make a name" for themselves (cf. 12:2) rather than in the attempt to build a tower "with its top in the heavens" . . . Human smallness, not divine impotence, is emphasized in the Lord’s descent (vs. 5). The plural in verse 7 may reflect the concept of God’s royal court, an early idea in Israel. The punishment had been anticipated in verse 4. The name of the city, Babel, is here associated with the Hebrew root bll, "to confound." The great city and its (implied) defeat thus becomes synonymous with man’s revolt against God and its consequences. (17)

For more information about the getting Catholic Answers "Quick Questions," go here.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 29: Study and Meditations on the Scripture Readings for this Sunday

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. In this Sunday's Gospel Reading, Jesus teaches about humility and avoiding favoritism.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

August 15, The Assumption of Mary: Study and Meditations on the Scripture Readings for This Sunday

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

For an explanation of this mystery of our Faith, see the apologetics tract from Catholic Answers, "Immaculate Conception and Assumption."

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are three audio reflections on the readings by Sister Ann Shields, Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

August 8: Study and Meditations on This Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday we hear Jesus' explain the importance of our being found ready for him when he comes again at the end of time, or when we meet him at the end of our lives.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are two audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

August 1: Study and Meditations on This Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday we hear Jesus' teaching on riches and possessions.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .
Here are two audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

July 25: Study and Meditations on the Scripture Readings for This Sunday

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday we hear Jesus' teaching on prayer, including the model prayer for disciples, the Our Father.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study."

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are two audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

Discussion, questions and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 18th: Scripture Study and Meditations for This Sunday

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday we hear the familiar story of the two sisters, Martha and Mary.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study.

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are two audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

Discussion and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 11: Study and Meditation on the Scripture Readings for This Sunday

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday we hear the familiar story of the Good Samaritan

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study.

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are two audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.
Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

Discussion and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 4th: Study and Meditations on This Sunday's Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday Jesus tell his disciples that the harvest of souls is abundant, but the harvesters are few.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study.

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are two audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

Discussion and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

June 27: Study and Meditations on the Scripture Readings for This Sunday

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday we hear Jesus teach about the cost of being his disciple.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study.

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are two audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

Discussion and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

June 20: Study and Meditations of the Scripture Readings for this Sunday

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday, Jesus asks his followers (including us): "Who do you say that I am?"

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly studies can be found here under "Current Study.

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here also is a pair of audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Discussion and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 13: Scripture Study and Meditations For This Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday we hear about the sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study.

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here are two audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

Discussion and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Friday, June 4, 2010

June 6, Corpus Christi: Study and Meditations on The Sunday's Scripture Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ-- commonly known as Corpus Christi.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly studies can be found here under "Current Study.

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

Here also is a pair of audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.

Many more resources about the Holy Eucharist can be found on The Real Presence webpage.

Discussion and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

May 30, Trinity Sunday: Study and Meditations on The Scripture Readings

To help you prepare for this coming Sunday, here are the readings and reflections for this coming Sunday's Scripture readings. This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

Here are the Scripture readings from the U.S. Catholic bishops website.

My own weekly study can be found here under "Current Study.

Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures to share with the younger ones in your family by Emily and Jeff Cavins can be found at Family Night .

You can read a great article on the Divine Trinity at the Rosary Light and Life page.

Here are two audio reflections on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Robert Barron.

The Navarre Bible Commentary for each reading can be viewed here.

Further study resources for the Readings: St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study can be found here, and Catholic Matters can be found here.

Here is a Catholic Bible study podcast on the Gospel Reading, about an hour long, at Sunday Gospel Scripture Study. If you're traveling or have a lot of time on your hands, Fr. Benedict Groeshel did a great 13 part series on the Trinity for EWTN found here. Here also is the great Bishop Fulton Sheens classic talk, The Blessed Trinity.
The graphic above is Andrei Rublev's classic Russian Orthodox icon, The Trinity.

Discussion and charitable comments are always welcome. Have a blessed week!