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 .
Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica
by Fr. Steve Grunow . November 9, 2018 .
He Must Increase and I Must Decrease
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 24, 2018 .
John the Baptist is one of the most important figures in Christianity, and provides a window into the tradition of the Jewish priesthood and the historical context of the day. John chose the river Jordan to baptize, a conscious move to display the forgiveness of sins against the backdrop of the Jewish history of Exodus and liberation. Yet while he was baptizing in the desert, likely an exercise in protest of the corruption in the Temple in Jerusalem, he was heralding the coming of Christ, one who will "baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
The Return of the King
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 25, 2018 .
Entering Holy Week, we see numerous stirring examples of Jesus' fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. From the direction he enters Jerusalem to his mode of transport, we find again and again how he is the one intended to reclaim the temple and prove to the world that he is indeed the son of God, chosen to save us through his revolutionary example of love and forgiveness.
“Hesed” All the Way Through
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 11, 2018 .
The Divine Love is the great theme of the Bible, but one of the mistakes we can make is to project onto God our way of being. God’s love is unconditional, not fickle and vacillating. His love is “hesed,” which means “tender mercy.” This love is visible, par excellence, in the Incarnation.
Cleansing the Temple
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 4, 2018 .
The Temple, for Old Testament Jews, was everything. But St. Paul, who lived for many years in Jerusalem and knew the rituals of the Temple very well, told the Corinthians that their bodies were temples of the Holy Spirit. The account of Jesus cleansing the Temple in this week’s Gospel, brought together with Paul's insight, provides us with a wonderful Lenten meditation. Let Jesus swing that whip of cords around the temple of your body; it’s time for a spring cleaning of the soul!
Bread of Life
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 2, 2015 .
This week, the Church’s Gospel is again taken from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. The principle concern of this Gospel is to provide testimony to the enduring presence of Christ in the Eucharist—a presence which is the fulfillment of the ancient temple of Israel. The ark of the covenant contained the law of God and the manna from heaven, and was surrounded by the mysterious “showbread” or “bread of the presence.” Now, in the true tabernacles found in our churches, we find the living law, the true manna, and the definitive bread of the presence.