Dr. Andrew Jones: The Liturgical Cosmos: The Worldview of the High Middle Ages (Part 2 of 3)

Dr. Andrew Jones, Vice President of Research and Publications at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, delivers his talk “The Liturgical Cosmos: Explorations in the Sacramental and Biblical Worldview of the High Middle Ages (Part 2 of 3).” Dr. Jones’ talk was sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and was hosted at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Listen to the Audio:

Dr. Andrew Jones: The Liturgical Cosmos: The Worldview of the High Middle Ages (Part 1 of 3).

Dr. Andrew Jones, Vice President of Research and Publications at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, delivers his talk entitled “The Liturgical Cosmos: Explorations in the Sacramental and Biblical Worldview of the High Middle Ages (Part 1 of 3).” Dr. Jones’ talk was sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and was hosted at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Listen to the Audio:

Is Anyone Grateful? The 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The themes of the Readings for this Sunday focus on the gratitude for God’s salvation.  Gratitude is an important psychological and spiritual disposition.  Dr. Daniel G. Amen, the popular brain researcher and public health spokesman, identifies gratitude as a key character quality of persons with physiologically healthy brains.  That’s right: gratitude affects your physical health, including the shape and functioning of your brain.  This Sunday’s Readings focus particularly on gratitude to God, and how it should be expressed.

Life By Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4 Psalm 95:1-2,6-9 2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14 Luke 17:5-10

Because of his faith, the just man shall live. We hear in today’s First Reading the original prophetic line made so central by St. Paul (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).

We are to live by faith in Christ who loved us and gave himself on the Cross for us (see Galatians 2:20).

A Great Chasm: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 6:1, 4-7 Psalm 146:7-10 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Luke 16:19-31

The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today’s Liturgy – not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering at their door.

The complacent leaders in today’s First Reading feast on fine foods and wines, reveling while the house of Joseph, the kingdom of Israel (see Amos 5:6), collapses around them.

Does it Matter How We Treat Others? The 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Does it matter how we treat others?  What does my neighbor’s suffering have to do with me?  Can I continue living in comfort while bypassing those around me who are in misery?

These are questions that the Readings for this Sunday raise, and to which they provide uncomfortable answers.  Let’s read and let the Holy Spirit move us outside our comfort zone.

Prudent Stewards: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 8:4-7 Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Luke 16:1-13

The steward in today’s Gospel confronts the reality that he can’t go on living the way he has been. He is under judgment, must give account for what he has done.

The exploiters of the poor in today’s First Reading are also about to be pulled down, thrust from their stations (see Isaiah 22:19). Servants of mammon or money, they’re so in love with wealth that they reduce the poor to objects, despise the new moons and sabbaths – the observances and holy days of God (see Leviticus 23:24; Exodus 20:8).

God and Mammon: The 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As Jesus continues his “death march” to Jerusalem in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 9–19), he challenges us this Sunday to choose, in a clear and conscious way, our goal in life: God or money.  The First Reading reminds us that wealth was a seductive trap for the people of God throughout salvation history.

Seeking the Lost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10

The episode in today’s First Reading has been called “Israel’s original sin.” Freed from bondage, born as a people of God in the covenant at Sinai, Israel turned aside from His ways, fell to worshipping a golden calf.

Moses implores God’s mercy, as Jesus will later intercede for the whole human race, as He still pleads for sinners at God’s right hand and through the ministry of the Church.

Prodigal Son Sunday: 24th Sunday in OT

This upcoming Sunday marks one of only two times in the main Lectionary cycle that we hear the Parable of the Prodigal Son proclaimed (the other being the 4th Sunday of Lent [C]).  The Readings are marked by the theme of repentance and forgiveness. 

The Cost of Discipleship: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of the most famous German opponents of Adolf Hitler and Nazism was the Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whom the Nazis executed by hanging in April 1945 for his involvement in a plot against Hitler himself.  Bonhoeffer’s most famous work was a meditation on the Sermon on the Mount entitled (in English) The Cost of Discipleship.  In it, Bonhoeffer parted ways with a Protestantism that understood “salvation by faith alone” as some kind of easy road to heaven.  Bonhoeffer criticized “easy-believism” as “cheap grace”:

Counting the Cost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 9:13-18
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17
Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

Like a king making ready for battle or a contractor about to build a tower, we have to count the cost as we set out to follow Jesus.

Our Lord today is telling us upfront the sacrifice it will take. His words aren’t addressed to His chosen few, the Twelve, but rather to the “great crowds” – to “anyone,” to “whoever” wishes to be His disciple.

Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner? The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

In 2005, a quasi-remake of the famous 1967 movie “Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner” was released.  Entitled “Guess Who?” it starred Bernie Mac as an African-American father who struggled to deal with his daughter’s Caucasian fiancé (played by Ashton Kutcher).  Much of the comedy of the film revolved around the clash of cultures at the dinner table.  Usually we only share meals with people like us, family members or friends from our own “circle.”  When someone from “outside” comes in, it upsets the our balance. 

To Go Up Higher: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-7,10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14

We come to the wedding banquet of heaven by way of humility and charity. This is the fatherly instruction we hear in today’s First Reading, and the message of today’s Gospel.

Jesus is not talking simply about good table manners. He is revealing the way of the kingdom, in which the one who would be greatest would be the servant of all (see Luke 22:24-27).

“Family Values”: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In recent decades, the term “family values” has almost become a code word for “Christian culture” in American society.  Influential Christian organizations have adopted names like “Focus on the Family” and the “Family Research Council,” and on the Catholic side of things we have “Catholic Family Land” or The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, better known as “C-FAM.”  The natural family unit—based on a husband and wife who have made an exclusive, permanent, public commitment to share a common life and raise children together—has been under such political and social pressure that at times we almost identify Christianity as a social movement to promote family life.

Faith of Our Fathers: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 18:6-9
Psalm 33:1,12,18-22
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Luke 12:35-40

We are born of the faith of our fathers, descending from a great cloud of witnesses whose faith is attested to on every page of Scripture (see Hebrews 12:1). We have been made His people, chosen for His own inheritance, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm.

Church of the Poor: The 18th Week of OT

“How I long for a poor Church for the poor!”

 

These were some of the first words of Pope Francis’ pontificate, and the Readings this week seem providentially to support our new pontiff’s emphasis on the spiritual value of poverty.  Texts from the Old and New Testaments remind us that human happiness is not to be found in the accumulation of material goods.  Riches are fleeting and empty.  We are called instead to “store up treasure in heaven, where neither rust nor moth destroy, where thieves cannot break in and steal.”

The Fool’s Vanity: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
Luke 12:13-21

Trust in God – as the Rock of our salvation, as the Lord who made us His chosen people, as our shepherd and guide. This should be the mark of our following of Jesus.

Bargaining With God: The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

With the Bible Conference going on at Franciscan this week, I have to offer a shorter reflection on the Readings:
Who has the guts to bargain with the Divinity?  Abraham, our Father in , does.  In the Readings for this Sunday, we find united several themes: persistence in prayer, the justice and mercy of God, the generosity of God.

Asked and Answered: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13

Though we be “but dust and ashes,” we can presume to draw near and speak boldly to our Lord, as Abraham dares in this week’s First Reading.

Fr. Dennis Gang, T.O.R. — Ready Our Hearts

Fr. Dennis Gang, T.O.R., Alumni Chaplain at Franciscan University of Steubenville, gives a homily about “Ready Our Hearts” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Steve Ray — Infant Baptism

Steve Ray, Producer of “Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine,” speaks about “Infant Baptism” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Entertaining God: The 16th Sunday of OT

This Sunday, as we continue to accompany Jesus on his fateful journey to Jerusalem in the Gospel of Luke, we are confronted with a pair of Readings in which human beings host a meal for God: Abraham for the LORD in the First Reading; Martha and Mary for Jesus in the Gospel.  But is it really possible for us to “do God a favor” by giving him a nice meal?  We are going to discover that, while God graciously accepts our services, it’s really about what God does for us, not what we can do for him.

Fr. Mark Ott — A Glimpse at Saints Joachim and Anne

An excerpt from the Homily of Fr. Mark Ott, where he talks about “A Glimpse at Saints Joachim and Anne” at the 2012 Applied Biblical Studies Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Watch the whole homily here: Homily on the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne.

Fr. Mark Ott — Homily on the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne

Fr. Mark Ott gives a homily on the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne at the 2012 Applied Biblical Studies Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Homily: April 29th, 2013

A homily delivered by Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R., President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, on April 29, 2013.

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Homily: February 22nd, 2013

A homily delivered by Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R., President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, on February 22, 2013.

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Homily: February 14th, 2013

A homily delivered by Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R., President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, on February 14, 2013.

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Homily: February 5th, 2013

A homily delivered by Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R., President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, on February 5, 2013.

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Homily: January 30th, 2013

A homily delivered by Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R., President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, on January 30, 2013.

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Homily: January 22nd, 2013

A homily delivered by Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R., President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, on January 22, 2013.

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Opening of Semester Homily, Spring 2013

Fr. Terence Henry, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers a homily during the Opening Mass of the Spring 2013 semester. He calls on young people to have courage, and to stand up for their faith.

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Homily: January 10th, 2013

A homily delivered by Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R., President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, on January 10, 2013.

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Homily: April 3rd, 2013

A homily delivered by Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R., President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, on April 3, 2013.

A Turn Toward the Passion: The 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

As the Church reads through the Gospel of Luke this year, we reach a transition point in this Sunday’s text (Luke 9:18-24) where the focus of the Gospel begins to shift toward Christ’s coming passion and death.  Sorrowful though his suffering will be, ironically it shall serve as the source of the life-giving “water” about which the other Readings speak.

Children of the Promise: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zech 12:10-11; 13:1
Ps 62:2-6. 8-9 r. 2
Gal 3:26-29
Luke 9:18-24

In this Sunday’s readings we hear the voice of the Prophet Zechariah as he delivers difficult oracles from God. The people have returned from exile. Now back in Jerusalem, they face the arduous work of rebuilding the Temple. Zechariah acknowledges their hardships and foresees more obstacles.

But their grief has a purpose. It is a remedy, a penance to heal them—“a fountain to purify from sin and uncleanness.”

Many Sins, Great Love: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Samuel 12: 7–10, 13
Psalm 32: 1–2, 5,7,11
Galatians 2:16, 19–21
Luke 7:36–50

In this Sunday’s readings we are like the fallen king, David, and the woman who weeps at Jesus’ feet.

Like David, the Lord has rescued us from sin and death, anointed us with His Spirit in baptism and in confirmation. He has made us heirs of His promise to the children of Israel.

Faith, Love, and Forgiveness: The 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time C

The Readings for this Sunday revolve around a constellation of fundamental issues in our relationship with God: sin, repentance, forgiveness, faith, and love.  Two of the passages used in this liturgy have been battlegrounds in the theological polemic between Protestants and Catholics, but ought not to be so.

Dr. Scott Hahn — The Bible and the Sacrifice of the Mass

Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks about “The Bible and the Sacrifice of the Mass” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio. Dr. Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Watch the full talk here: The Evangelical Catholic Moment?: The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization.

Dr. Scott Hahn — The Evangelical Catholic Moment?: The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization

Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks about “The Evangelical Catholic Moment? The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio. Dr. Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Restored to Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:
1 Kings 17:17-24
Psalms 30: 2,4-6,11-13
Gal 1:11-19
Luke 7:11-17

Jesus in today’s Gospel meets a funeral procession coming out of the gates of the town of Nain.  Unlike when he raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5) or Lazarus (John 11), no one requests his assistance.  Moved by compassion for the widow who had lost her only son, Jesus steps forward and, laying his hand on the bier, commands him to arise.

Blessed and Given: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Genesis 14:18-20
Psalm 110:1-4
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Luke 9:11-17

At the dawn of salvation history, God revealed our future in figures. That’s what’s going on in today’s First Reading: A king and high priest comes from Jerusalem (see Psalm 76:3), offering bread and wine to celebrate the victory of God’s beloved servant, Abram, over his foes.

A Mighty Wind: Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost

Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
John 20:19-23

The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history.

Readings for Pentecost Sunday

Let’s take a look at the Readings for Pentecost Sunday Mass during the Day.

 

Archbishop José H. Gomez — 2013 Baccalaureate Mass Homily

Most Reverend José H. Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles, delivers his homily at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2013 Baccalaureate Mass. Archbishop Gomez was awarded an honorary doctorate of Christian Letters.

VIDEO: Watch the video of this talk here.

Archbishop José H. Gomez — 2013 Baccalaureate Mass Homily

Most Reverend José H. Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles, delivers his homily at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2013 Baccalaureate Mass. Archbishop Gomez was awarded an honorary doctorate of Christian Letters.

PODCAST: Download the podcast of this talk here.

Hearing the Call: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3. 6-9
Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23
Luke 24:46-53

In today’s first reading, St. Luke gives the surprising news that there is more of the story to be told. The story did not end with the empty tomb, or with Jesus’ appearances to the Apostles over the course of forty days. Jesus’ saving work will have a liturgical consummation. He is the great high priest, and he has still to ascend to the heavenly Jerusalem, there to celebrate the feast in the true Holy of Holies.

Ascension Day Readings

In the Northeast and Nebraska, today is Ascension Day.  In the Diocese of Steubenville, as well as in most of the USA, Ascension Day is observed this Sunday.  I wish the traditional observance on Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter was retained, but reality is what it is.

Kingdom of Peace: 6th Sunday of Easter

We have arrived at the Sixth Week of Easter, and continue to bask in the glow of the story of the growth of the early Church in Acts, the vision of heaven from the Book of Revelation, and the consolation of Jesus’ words to the Apostles in the Upper Room from John.  It’s a trifecta of glory in these Readings.

Council of Jerusalem: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
John 14:23-29

The first Church council, the Council of Jerusalem we hear about in today’s First Reading, decided the shape of the Church as we know it.

Franciscan University Presents on EWTN