Tag Archives: Scripture


A Pharisee asks: “’Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … [a]nd a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two […]

The Catholic Proposition

Last week, I delivered a presentation to Catholic Adult Fellowship on authority, apostolicity, and the Church, entitled The Catholic Proposition. The written version underlying my remarks is now available here, and a podcast/MP3 version is available here.

A verse for our times

“A people living in darkness has seen a great light; on those who inhabit a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen.” Mt 4:16.

The First Commandment, iconoclasm, and Mary

Catholics are sometimes attacked for the use of religious images and for devotions to the saints generally and Mary specifically. Some of the criticisms are sophisticated and well-taken; others are not. The argument that the First Commandment makes such actions idolatrous per se falls into the latter category. In principle, we could divvy up Exodus […]

Ezekiel and Paul

I suggest a link between today’s first two readings (Ez 33:7-9 and Rom 13:8-10). St. Paul exhorts us to love our neighbor. But to love is not always to indulge; sometimes we must correct our neighbor, call them to account, remind them of God’s command. And there Ezekiel picks up the story: If I tell […]

Phil 2:6-11

[Christ Jesus,] though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God […]

On choosing gods and churches

At Wednesday’s general audience, the Holy Father recalled the time when God called Moses to Mount Sinai to deliver the ten commandments: While the Lord is giving the Law to Moses on the mountain, at the foot of the mountain the people sin. Unable to endure the wait and the absence of the mediator [i.e. Moses], […]