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Bible Study Evangelista - 01 The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Justice

Bible Study Evangelista - 01 The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Justice

June 29, 2020

Category: Social Justice Tag: Bible reading, faith, faith and works, social justice

One of the most unique and attractive beacons in the Catholic Church is her well-defined, carefully articulated, deeply-held, and concisely packaged body of social teachings, a body of doctrine with which, the bishops say, “far too many Catholics are not familiar.” In fact, they add, “many Catholics do not adequately understand that the social teaching of the Church is an essential part of Catholic faith.”

Our times have made us hungry for guidance on how to live social justice with catholicity. We acknowledge that every baptized Catholic must live his or her faith in truth and justice. If you don’t get anything else out of all God is allowing in our world right now, get this week’s overview of the Seven Principles of Catholic Social Justice, and hear the Holy Spirit guide you in *your* next steps.

Bible Study Evangelista - 08 Anointing of the Sick, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

Bible Study Evangelista - 08 Anointing of the Sick, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

June 8, 2020

Category: A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments, Sacraments Tag: Bible reading, marriage, Old Testament, sacraments

Like all the sacraments, holy anointing was instituted by Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry. “This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord” (CCC 1511; Mark 6:13; Jas. 5:14-15).

The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for “this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matt. 8:17).

Bible Study Evangelista - 07 Marriage, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

Bible Study Evangelista - 07 Marriage, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

June 1, 2020

Category: A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments, Sacraments Tag: Bible reading, marriage, Old Testament, sacraments

The Bible begins and ends with marriage. “Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its ‘mystery,’ its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin, and its renewal ‘in the Lord’ in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church. ‘From a valid marriage arises a bond between the spouses which by its very nature is perpetual and exclusive; furthermore, in a Christian marriage the spouses are strengthened and, as it were, consecrated for the duties and the dignity of their state by a special sacrament'” (CCC 1602, 1638).

Bible Study Evangelista - 06 Holy Orders (Priesthood)

Bible Study Evangelista - 06 Holy Orders (Priesthood)

May 26, 2020

Category: A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments, Sacraments Tag: Bible reading, holy orders, Old Testament, priesthood, sacraments

Institutional priesthood was God’s idea! In the Old Testament, God commanded that “the priest’s office shall be theirs by perpetual statue” (Ex 29:9). “Perpetual” does not mean “until Jesus comes,” but forever. Obviously, God desires there be an institutional priesthood, now, in His New Testament church.

Jesus, our true and eternal High Priest, ordained the twelve apostles as bishops. With apostolic authority, they, in turn, ordained others as deacons, priests, and bishops, maintaining the Old Testament hierarchical structure and establishing the apostolic authority that continues today in Catholic and Orthodox Churches. For this reason, the “office” of apostolic priesthood was filled by Matthias when vacated by Judas (Acts 1:20). This was done before the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit fell on all the apostles, including Matthias, demonstrating that God approved of and accepted Matthias, and ordination as the apostles’ process of passing on their authority.

Priests continue to be ordained through the Sacrament of Holy Orders throughout the New Testament to today. Jesus is the High Priest at the center of the pastors of church history pictured in Revelation 1. Jesus teaches, “watches” over, and guides His Church through salvation history through the priesthood He established and chooses.

Bible Study Evangelista - 05 Confirmation, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

Bible Study Evangelista - 05 Confirmation, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

May 18, 2020

Category: A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments, Sacraments Tag: Bible reading, confirmation, sacraments

“…[T]he apostles, in fulfillment of Christ’s will, imparted to the newly baptized by the laying on of hands the gift of the Spirit that completes the grace of Baptism. For this reason in the Letter to the Hebrews the doctrine concerning Baptism and the laying on of hands is listed among the first elements of Christian instruction. The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church.

“Very early, the better to signify the gift of the Holy Spirit, an anointing with perfumed oil (chrism) was added to the laying on of hands. This anointing highlights the name ‘Christian,’ which means ‘anointed’ and derives from that of Christ himself whom God ‘anointed with the Holy Spirit.’ This rite of anointing has continued ever since, in both East and West. For this reason the Eastern Churches call this sacrament Chrismation, anointing with chrism, or myron which means “chrism.” In the West, the term Confirmation suggests that this sacrament both confirms Baptism and strengthens baptismal grace” (CCC 1288-1289).

Bible Study Evangelista - 04 Confession, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

Bible Study Evangelista - 04 Confession, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

May 11, 2020

Category: A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments, Sacraments Tag: Bible reading, confession, sacraments

Where is confession to a priest in the Bible? Everywhere! Throughout the Old Testament and into the New, God demonstrated His desire that we come to him when we fall into sin. Jesus gave the apostles power and authority over unclean spirits, to forgive sins, to heal, and to raise people from the dead, all of which testify to the power and authority in them through Christ. They, in turn, passed that power and authority to those whom they ordained. This power does not come from them, but from God. Confession restores the soul.

Bible Study Evangelista - 03 Eucharist, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

Bible Study Evangelista - 03 Eucharist, A Biblical Walk through the Sacraments

May 4, 2020

Category: A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments, Sacraments Tag: baptism, Bible reading, sacraments

Part of the beauty of the sacraments is that God cares for and provides for us through them from birth to the last breath. Throughout the series, we are discussing the sacraments in that order: Baptism for new birth, Eucharistic nourishment, Reconciliation as medicine, Confirmation to sustain one’s holy witness, Marriage and Holy Orders for life-giving vocation, and Anointing for healing and the final journey home. There are seven sacraments, for complete preservation and salvation throughout human life. Glorious!

Bible Study Evangelista - 02 Baptism, A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments

Bible Study Evangelista - 02 Baptism, A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments

April 27, 2020

Category: A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments, Sacraments Tag: baptism, Bible reading, sacraments

The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus.  Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, shown above.  The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters.  . . .  Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin.  However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.

Bible Study Evangelista - 01 The “Masterwork” of God, A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments

Bible Study Evangelista - 01 The “Masterwork” of God, A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments

April 20, 2020

Category: A Biblical Walk Through the Sacraments, Sacraments Tag: Bible reading, Old Testament, prophecy, sacraments

Are “sacraments” biblical?

Sacrament comes from the Latin for “oath” or “swear,” and oath-taking is as old as Creation, as old as the Old Testament, as old as Christianity. God Himself swears an oath to you in every sacrament, and you swear one to Him every time you receive one.

Jesus instituted seven Christian sacraments, or covenants, for His one; holy; catholic (meaning universal); and apostolic church. The sacraments are “the masterworks of God” (CCC 1116), that administer and affect saving grace in the soul. Together, they equip us for a complete self-donation to God that draws us deeper and deeper into the mystery of God’s Trinitarian life for all eternity.

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 7 - He Has Borne Our Griefs, Servant Song 4

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 7 - He Has Borne Our Griefs, Servant Song 4

March 30, 2020

Category: Lent, Servant Songs Tag: Bible reading, lent, obedience, prophecy, suffering

Surely He hath borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him.

Isaiah 53:4-5

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 6 - Sprinkler of Nations, Servant Song 4

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 6 - Sprinkler of Nations, Servant Song 4

March 23, 2020

Category: Lent, Servant Songs Tag: Bible reading, lent, obedience, prophecy, suffering

Yes, friends, this last Servant Song of Isaiah extols the Suffering Servant’s purifying, saving power over even infectious diseases. I’m not kidding. The Suffering Servant “sprinkles the nations” – outside the place of worship – purifying them of sickness and sin. Who could have ever planned such a series with such a show at this time?!

The supreme self-sacrifice prophesied in the main part of the text is as surprising as the spin Isaiah gives it. Any religious person of his day would have viewed the Servant’s suffering as rightful punishment for sin. But the prophet sees through a different lens. Through beautiful imagery, Isaiah announces three-fold vindication for the Servant whose vicarious suffering will “justify the many.” God greatly rewards the selfless Servant and turns his suffering into the balm that heals the world.

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 5: Ears to Hear, Servant Song 3

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 5: Ears to Hear, Servant Song 3

March 16, 2020

Category: Lent, Servant Songs Tag: Bible reading, lent, obedience, prophecy, suffering

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews tells us that “Whom the Lord loves he chastises” (12:6). In the third Servant Song centuries before, Isaiah prophesied that the Lord’s Servant would endure suffering without complaining. By embracing sorrow without losing heart and by accepting discipline as instruction, the Servant would gain a share of the holiness of God.

As a result, the student would become a teacher. Having learned at the feet of the loving and merciful Lord, the Servant now instructs the nations in the ways of obedience and discipleship. But most of all, he models fidelity and long suffering. Remarkably, the Servant’s sufferings have not led him to turn away from God; he neither feels abandoned nor betrayed. Confidently, he stands before those who mock him, knowing their power will wear away like a threadbare garment, while God’s help lasts forever. The proof of discipleship, he says, is walking in darkness without any light, save that of faith in the Lord! Woe to those who walk by their own light, trusting neither the Lord nor his Servant. They do so at great peril, he says, risking utter destruction.

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 4 - King of Kings, Servant Song 2

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 4 - King of Kings, Servant Song 2

March 9, 2020

Category: Lent, Servant Songs Tag: Bible reading, five ds, forty, lent, obedience, penance

In this second Servant Song, we see the mission of Christ expressed in vivid detail. The people of Israel had lost their way. These were the Chosen People. God had made a covenant with them. But they did not keep their part of the bargain. They wandered away, until they were without hope. They forgot God; they had forsaken Him for other gods, and been overrun by foreign powers, dispersed to the ends of the earth. But Jesus came to reach those who were lost. He came to restore them back to a right relationship with God.

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 3 - Broken Reeds, Servant Song 1

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 3 - Broken Reeds, Servant Song 1

March 2, 2020

Category: Lent, Servant Songs Tag: Bible reading, five ds, forty, lent, obedience, penance

Lent comes around each year to invite those of us who have grown weak or dim to hear afresh God’s promise and receive anew the Servant’s healing touch. The ends of the earth await his teaching and they will not be disappointed. And neither will the recesses of our hearts that await the warmth of his healing and reconciling love.

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 2 - The Five Ds

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 2 - The Five Ds

February 24, 2020

 

There is an important difference between the teachings that we must believe, which are infallible (deposit, dogma), and/or unchangeable (doctrine), and the rules that we must obey but which are changeable (disciplines). Finally, there are areas where we are free to believe or not believe, practice or not practice, without offending against faith (devotions).

Except for fasting and abstinence, most of what we practice at Lent is under the realm of “devotion.” What’s the difference? And is it relevant?

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 1 - Fisheaters

Bible Study Evangelista - The Servant Songs: Episode 1 - Fisheaters

February 17, 2020

 

 

 
 
We’re preparing to sow to the Spirit this Lent through prayer and fasting. Until I was Catholic, it never occurred to me that the Filet-O-Fish’ sandwich is not an ordinary staple at McDonald’s except in the spring, or that the sudden flurry of Red Lobster commercials just before Easter was similarly calculated. Where does this traditional Lenten Catholic practice originate?
Bible Study Evangelista - God’s Work, Our Hands

Bible Study Evangelista - God’s Work, Our Hands

February 3, 2020

 

 

 
“Hence the laity, dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvellously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit maybe produced in them. For all their works, prayers, and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the Spirit – indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born – all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (CCC 901).
Bible Study Evangelista - All in the Family

Bible Study Evangelista - All in the Family

January 27, 2020

 

 

 

“It is certain that when the husband and wife are subject to one another ‘out of reverence for Christ,’ a just balance will be established such as to correspond to their Christian vocation in the mystery of Christ (Pope St. John Paul II, General Audience of Wednesday August 11, 1982).

How to Really Love Your Child, by Dr. Ross Campbell, explains the three ways children receive and feel love. They are 1) loving eye contact; 2) loving physical touch, and; 3) quality time. Because women feel and receive love similarly, they are often inherently better at communicating love to their children, whereas men sometimes have to work harder to communicate their love to wives and children, as this type of communication sometimes does not come as naturally to them. Ross goes so far as to say parents should never punish their children for misbehavior until they have cycled through these three ways of love, since misbehavior is often the child’s way of communicating their need for love. I have found this to be true in my own experience with my kids.

Bible Study Evangelista - Back to the Basics

Bible Study Evangelista - Back to the Basics

January 20, 2020

 

Rest is not a luxury, it is a spiritual discipline.

The key to finding balance in your life, to having a well-ordered life, is to follow the pattern God embedded in creation. And that rhythm involves worship/rest as the crown of the week, followed by six days of work. Worship/rest is a commandment. A proper Sunday observance helps balance our lives and gives meaning to our time.

“[Christians] are obliged in conscience to arrange their Sunday rest in a way which allows them to take part in the Eucharist, refraining from work and activities which are incompatible with the sanctification of the Lord’s Day, with its characteristic joy and necessary rest for spirit and body . . . Understood and lived in this fashion, Sunday in a way becomes the soul of the other days, and in this sense we can recall the insight of Origen that the perfect Christian “is always in the Lord’s Day, and is always celebrating Sunday”  (St. John Paul II, Dies Domini)

Bible Study Evangelista - Putting God First

Bible Study Evangelista - Putting God First

January 13, 2020

 

 

 
As we consider all of the areas we want to improve, where is God in this new year? Make 2020 a year when you are focused on Jesus: God and rest first. Yes, rest! Vocation second, work third. This series looks at key passages in the Old and New Testaments, and explores ways we can place Jesus at the center of our everyday living.
 
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