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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.
 
Action items are in the LOVE the Word® exercises, below. Choose one!
 
Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 12 - What to Take Away: Taming the Monster Within

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 12 - What to Take Away: Taming the Monster Within

January 10, 2020

Category: Dealing with AngerTag: anger, Bible reading, holy spirit, Old Testament

Not all anger is bad: “He who is not angry, whereas he has cause to be, sins. For unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices; it fosters negligence, and incites not only the wicked but the good to do wrong” (St. John Chrysostom).

How do we tell the difference?

God always confronts and helps us work through our anger, if we let Him. He helps us tame the monster within by asking us specifically about it.

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 11 - Paul: Kicking Against the Goads

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 11 - Paul: Kicking Against the Goads

January 6, 2020

 

 

 
 
We can have the faith and attend the church of our parents. We can be about God’s business. We can be doing great good. But what if we don’t realize we are fighting against Jesus Himself?
 
Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 10 - Judas: Dealing With Disillusion

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 10 - Judas: Dealing With Disillusion

January 2, 2020

 

 

 
Judas had a plan, but Jesus was not cooperating. What do we do when the Church and even God Himself seems to let us down? To be “disillusioned” means to have illusions stripped away, and that’s a good thing: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 9 - The Prodigal Son: Overlooked

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 9 - The Prodigal Son: Overlooked

December 30, 2019

Category: Dealing with AngerTag: anger, Bible reading, holy spirit, Old Testament

Everyone feels unappreciated and overlooked sometimes. The prodigal son has an older, clearly responsible and obedient brother. Scholars tell us this brother represents the Pharisees, with whom Jesus shares this parable. How does God deal with our resentment when we feel our efforts are unacknowledged?

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 8 - Jonah: When God Blesses the Enemy

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 8 - Jonah: When God Blesses the Enemy

December 17, 2019

 

 

God tells Jonah to preach salvation to his enemy. So Jonah does the only sensible thing; he heads in the opposite direction! Jonah tried to thwart God’s will by doing the opposite of what he was asked. As a result, he finds himself in “deep.”

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 7 - David: You Are the Man

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 7 - David: You Are the Man

December 9, 2019

 

Note: Did you notice that I got the last two CatholicTV shows mixed up? Last week said it was David, but it was Saul. This week is actually David. Sorry about that! You might want to go back and look at that LOVE the Word reflection.

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Often we are not sorry for our actions because we are willfully ignorant of how they affect others. When Nathan confronts David over his sin, he becomes deeply angry at the injustice of his own actions. How do we deal with being confronted by someone else, especially when they are right and we are in the wrong? How do we deal with the guilt of doing wrong?

Bible Study Evangelista - An Advent Reflection on Thanksgiving

Bible Study Evangelista - An Advent Reflection on Thanksgiving

December 2, 2019
 

 

I spent Thanksgiving with my family, and we had an unexpected tragedy. My sister and brother-in-law lost everything in an electrical fire Thanksgiving morning at 6:30 AM. If you’re in the mood to donate for Giving Tuesday tomorrow, their Go Fund Me page is here.

Until next week, here is a reflection on how the Bible relates thanksgiving with praise and God’s presence that I did the Friday after Thanksgiving with Guadalupe Radio, and another show on How to Pray Like Mary with Brook Taylor over at Good Things Radio. 

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 6 - David: You Are the Man

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 6 - David: You Are the Man

November 18, 2019

Often we are not sorry for our actions because we are willfully ignorant of how they affect others. When Nathan confronts David over his sin, he becomes deeply angry at the injustice of his own actions. How do we deal with being confronted by someone else, especially when they are right and we are in the wrong? How do we deal with the guilt of doing wrong?

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 5 - Elijah: Digging Out of Depression

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 5 - Elijah: Digging Out of Depression

November 11, 2019

Elijah was one of God’s two greatest prophets, and he dealt with extended depression over what God was not doing in his life and ministry. He experienced fear, suicidal tendencies, excessive tiredness, and feelings of rejection for over two months, well past the time modern doctors would diagnose clinical depression. Elijah was angry at God.

In Romans 11:2-5, St. Paul uses Elijah as an example of how God considers our complaints against the people we serve, and our dejection when we think He’s not busy “doing something.” Find out how God helped Elijah dig out of depression.

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 4 - Balaam and Haman: Stubborn as a Mule

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 4 - Balaam and Haman: Stubborn as a Mule

November 4, 2019

Balaam got really ticked off at his donkey. The animal just would not do what he wanted it to do. Balaam had a goal in mind and circumstances were not cooperating with his objectives. It is natural for us to pursue objectives and goal, but what if they don’t work out?

The obstacle Balaam was encountering in his donkey was actually a merciful blessing from God, a hindrance designed by God for his guidance and protection. Rather than receiving God’s message to him in the event, Balaam got angry at the donkey. Of course, Balaam’s motives were not right to begin with. But even if I am trying to do a good thing, how do I respond to circumstances I cannot control?

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 3 - Moses: Whack a Rock

Bible Study Evangelista - Catholic TV Series: Episode 3 - Moses: Whack a Rock

October 28, 2019

Moses suffered from an inability to control his temper. He killed an Egyptian, smashed the Ten Commandments to bits, and eventually forfeited the Promised Land. Like Moses, our anger may be justified, but our actions often lack self control.

 

 

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