Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Registering Online for Celebration of Sacred Scripture

The registration link I posted here on January 6 seems no longer to be working. Sorry if you've had trouble accessing the online form! I've fixed it in the 1/6/17 post and am also providing a new link here, for your convenience:

Transformative Encounters in the Gospel of John with Dr. Harry Attridge is not to be missed! It's been 7 years since he was last with us, and who knows when he'll be able to return?

Best of Barron

What about Divine Wrath?

I'm posting early this week, because in today's reflection Bishop Robert
Barron explains eloquently and succinctly a key concept that usually takes me much longer to say. I want all my students, past and present, to read what he wrote:
MARK 3:1-6
"Friends, today’s Gospel shows an angry Jesus healing a man with a withered hand. Whenever the Bible speaks of the divine anger, which it does a lot, it is talking poetically about God’s passion to set things right. God doesn’t go in and out of emotional states. He doesn’t fall into snits. He longs to establish justice on the earth and stands athwart those forces opposed to his purpose. This is precisely what Jesus does toward the Pharisees in today’s Gospel."

Thank you Bishop Barron!

For the complete reflection, click here:

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Best of Barron

Here's a new way to reflect on faith and the Bible this year. Bishop Robert Barron has launched a daily gospel reflection, which I invite you to subscribe to directly by clicking here:

But for those who who want just the highlights, I will be sharing pieces from his reflections each week. This week, I have been largely in bed with the flu, so you will not be surprised that I chose Wednesday's reflection:

1st Week Ordinary Time ~ Mark 1:29-39 
"Friends, in the Gospel of Mark today, we ... are reading from the section of Mark's first chapter that gives us a sort of "day in the life" of Jesus. And it is quite a day!... After entering the house of Simon, Jesus cures Peter's mother-in-law.... Notice that he takes her by the hand and brings her to her feet so that she can be of service. What does sickness do to us? It draws us in around ourselves. Once she is cured, Simon's mother-in-law commences to serve, to be for the other."
BJ's Challenge:
In what way are we "drawn in around ourselves" (sick) spiritually? In a moment of prayer ask Jesus to heal you for service. Ask him whether there is a specific service he wants from you today.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Mark Your Calendars: Celebration of Sacred Scripture 2017

Here's what Dr. Attridge will be helping us explore:

Session 1:Drama and Imagery in the Book of Signs
This session will begin with a brief exploration of the general literary framework of the Gospel. We will then examine several passages that illustrate the principle of “transformative encounter” in the first twelve chapters of the Gospel.

Session 2: Ironic Revelation in the Book of Glory
The second portion of the Gospel, from chapters 13 to 21 is often called the Book of Glory. Stories of appearances of the resurrected Jesus also involve “transformative encounters,” but what Jesus says before his death challenges the reader to experience a similar transformation ourselves.  We will explore the ways in which the Gospel appeals to its readers to “believe” in a profound and thoughtful way.

To register directly online, go to: Don't forget to let us know, though, if your plans change!

CBS students: Remember that if you are a student in Year 2, 3 or 4, you will need to register and attend this program. This is your Lenten Scripture Day! Year 1 students are invited but not required to attend.