A Year of Favor from the Lord
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 13, 2020 .
The third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday.” “Gaudete” is a Latin imperative—it’s a command—which means “rejoice.” The Church is telling us to be happy. And in the first reading—a marvelous passage from the sixty-first chapter of the prophet Isaiah, which presents the motif of the…
Good Medicine: A Review of “Jagged Little Pill,” the Musical
by Fr. Damian Ference . February 4, 2020 .
The Path to Healing Is a Humble Path
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 13, 2019 .
I have always loved the story of Naaman the Syrian, which is found in the second book of Kings, as part of the Elisha cycle of readings. It is, on the surface at least, a very simple narrative, but it packs a punch spiritually speaking. Mass Readings Reading 1 –…
Coming Home from Exile
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 28, 2018 .
Our first reading from the prophet Jeremiah treats of a theme that is basic throughout the Bible: the motif of the return from exile. Like two great hinges on which the Old Testament turns are the stories of Exodus and Exile. Israel finds itself enslaved in Egypt, but God liberates the people; later, the northern tribes are carried off by the Assyrians; and later still, the southern tribes are carried off by the Babylonians. But exile was also a kind of spiritual metaphor, a trope for having wandered far from the Lord.