What Makes a Family Holy?
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 27, 2020 .
The Bible is not particularly sentimental about families. What makes a family holy, as far as the biblical writers are concerned, is its willingness to surrender to the purpose of God. We see this in a number of key figures, including Joseph, Anna, and Simeon.
The Strangeness of God
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 20, 2020 .
Our very brief first reading is taken from the magnificent fifty-fifth chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah. This section of Isaiah—which stretches from chapter forty through chapter fifty-five—is one of the most theologically sophisticated and illuminating passages in the entire Old Testament. Nowhere is Israel’s theology of God…
On Talking with Atheists: An Interview with Cameron Bertuzzi
by Matt Nelson . September 1, 2020 .
Israel Is Chosen for the World
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 16, 2020 .
One of the most distinctive (and scandalous) qualities of ancient Israelite religion is the insistence that Israel is the specially chosen people of God. Now, especially today, we have a problem with this sort of language; we much prefer the attitude of inclusivity. Well, this tension is not just a…
Come to the Water!
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 2, 2020 .
Our first reading for this weekend is taken from the fifty-fifth chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah. The “second” section of Isaiah dates from around the time of the return of Israel from captivity in Babylon, and hence it is filled with the language of hope and salvation.
What Do You Want?
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 26, 2020 .
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…
How Strange Is the Power of God
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 19, 2020 .
What a privilege we have this weekend to hear from the book of Wisdom. Scholars contend that this is the last book written in the Old Testament, dating from around the time of Jesus. It is a collection of sayings and aphorisms, all testifying to the multivalent truth at the…
Bishop Barron on God, Equality, and the Founding of America
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 9, 2020 .
We are in a time of profound cultural convulsion. There are deep concerns about the nature of justice and politics. But what makes for a just social order? The fundamental understanding of “unalienable” and God-given human rights. When we take belief in God out of that equation, the foundation of…
The Word That Accomplishes Its Purpose
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 12, 2020 .
This week, we hear from the book of the prophet Isaiah, and the theme of this short passage is the Word of God. How wonderful that we are hearing one of the greatest speakers of the Word precisely on this topic. How central to ancient Israelite religion was the Word!…