Our first reading for this week is from the first book of Kings, and it has to do with Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, the great Israelite king who built the temple, and who eventually became a problematic figure in Israelite history. This passage puts us right at the very beginning of Solomon’s reign, when he was just a young man—untried, inexperienced, likely beset by all sorts of self-doubt. And Yahweh appears to Solomon in a dream and says, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” This is an extraordinary moment—and let’s attend with some care to Solomon’s answer.
What Do You Want?
Cycle AOrdinary TimeWeek 17
by Bishop Robert BarronJuly 26, 2020
- “David” and Slaying Giants, Through Grace
- 3 Great Paintings on Christian Freedom, Now in Fort Worth, Texas
- Jesus, Photosynthesis, and Redemption
- The Best and Worst of Religion
- “Urgency, Power, Drama”: Jessica Hooten Wilson on Literature and Redemption
- A Chapter That Changed My Life: “Brideshead Revisted”
- Social Unrest and Doubt: Catalysts of Communication, Conversion
- Behaving Virtuously in the Online Wild West
- Come to the Water!
- “Jurassic Park”: An Unexpected Parable for the Modern Age
- If You Want Faithful Children, Let Them See Your Own Faith—Every Day
- Never Destroying, Forever Mending: The Wisdom of a Wall
- Honesty and Courage: Cornel West and Robert George Speak Out
- The Catechetical Directory and the Ways of Beauty
- Bishop Barron on Canceling Padre Serra
- Mary Magdalene: A Living Blueprint for Effective Evangelization