What Kind of Person Will You Be?
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 27, 2020 .
Our first reading for this weekend is taken from the eighteenth chapter of the book of the prophet Ezekiel—one of the four major prophets, along with Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel. This chapter is worthy of careful attention, for it represents a sort of breakthrough in the moral consciousness of the…
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…
Shebna and Peter: The Nature of Authority
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 23, 2020 .
In the twenty-second chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah, we find the prophet’s only criticism of an individual. The man in the prophet’s crosshairs is a certain Shebna, who is described as “master of the palace.” He is a high-ranking authority in the government of the people. This…
Zechariah and the New David
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 5, 2020 .
Our first reading for this weekend is derived from the ninth chapter of the book of the prophet Zechariah, one of the twelve so-called minor prophets of the Old Testament. The background for the prophecy contained here is that Israel saw itself as the specially chosen people of God, whose mission…
Radical Conformity: The Wild Faith of John the Baptist
by Dr. Tod Worner . June 24, 2020 .
Carrying the Word of God
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 21, 2020 .
Today I have the special pleasure of preaching on a passage from the prophet Jeremiah, someone that we hear from relatively rarely throughout the liturgical year. Along with Daniel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah, Jeremiah is one of the so-called major prophets of Israel. This means not only that he was a…
Love as a Panacea
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 9, 2020 .
I would like to concentrate on the marvelous passage from chapter 58 of the prophet Isaiah, which is our first reading for this weekend. This final section of Isaiah was written, the scholars tell us, after the return of the captives from Babylon, when Israel was trying once again to…
The Lord Returns to His Temple
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 2, 2020 .
There is a tendency, I’m afraid, to flatten out and sentimentalize the meaning of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. We see it as just a charming tale of a little child being entrusted to the protection of God at the beginning of his life. But there is…
John the Baptist, First Victim of the Cancel Culture
by Elizabeth Scalia . January 23, 2020 .
In the Land of Zebulon and Naphtali
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 26, 2020 .
Our first reading from the prophet Isaiah and our Gospel are tightly linked, for St. Matthew, in articulating the meaning of Jesus, cites (as is his wont) an Old Testament text—namely, our reading from the eighth and ninth chapters of Isaiah. The prophet speaks of conflict in the land of…