In his classic New Jerome Biblical Commentary article on Deutero-Isaiah, the late Carroll Stuhlmueller called today's first reading "one of the most touching expressions of divine love in the entire Bible." "But Zion said, 'Yahweh has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.' Can a mother forget... more
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Today's Leviticus passage contains one of the most important lines in all of Scripture: "Be holy, for I, Yahweh, your God, am holy!" It's so significant that Matthew's Jesus paraphrases it in a key point of his Sermon on the Mount: "Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect!"
Those who listen carefully to today's gospel reading from Matthew's Sermon on the Mount will probably have problems with Jesus' opening statement: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and... more
If Pope Francis has demonstrated anything in the first year of his leadership it's the conviction that no Christian is dispensed from being another Christ. No matter our ministry, each of us is expected to daily imitate Jesus' dying and rising. We Catholics have traditionally cut our leaders... more