Today’s Exodus reading brings up an interesting problem: half the laws it contains are no longer in effect, and almost all of us constantly break one of them. Though most of our 20 ecumenical councils condemned anyone who dared charge interest for lending money, our new Catholic Catechism doesn’... more
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The title of Mircea Eliade’s best-known book, The Sacred and the Profane, is also the theme behind today’s first and third readings. As an expert on ancient myths, Eliade constantly reminded his readers and students of the powerful human tendency to divide the universe into God’s world and our... more
Modern Scripture scholars are just as focused on surfacing the mindset of the sacred authors as they are on explaining the words they’ve written. One’s frame of mind best demonstrates the faith one professes.
In today’s short Philippians passage, for instance, Paul is referring to a... more
No one wrote in a vacuum. Our Scriptures are composed against the background of real life faith communities experiencing real life problems in living that faith. I often remind my students, “If there are no problems, we have no Bible.” Scripture only comes into existence when someone in the... more