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Friends, we come now to the Second Sunday of Lent, and we’re on both dangerous and very holy ground with the first reading from the twenty-second chapter of Genesis. The ancient Israelites referred to it as the “Akedah,” which means the “binding”: Abraham binds and is ready to sacrifice Isaac at God’s command. It’s hard to imagine another text in t…
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Paul says a Christian should be characterized by readiness, a spiritual buoyancy that comes from the use of the gospel of peace. We’re looking at the armor of God and we’re in the third part of our examination of the shoes and this one little phrase about the gospel of peace. There are three basic parts this phrase teaches us: 1) there is a joy thr…
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Bishop Robert Barron Friends, we come now to the holy season of Lent. The Gospel for this First Sunday of Lent is Mark’s laconic version of the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Mark does not give us the details we find in Matthew and Luke, but we do hear this mysterious observation: “He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.” We…
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This fallen world assaults our heart with overwhelming force. It hands us a broken belief system and tempts us to incorporate it into every area of our life. In Romans 12, Paul calls us to recognize and resist that pattern—the spirit of this age. But that’s only half the work. And it’s not even the most important part. Paul follows the charge to re…
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