Sunday, January 26, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on Matthew 4:12-23, the Gospel reading for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- The arrest of John the Baptist foreshadows how the earthly ministry of Jesus will end.
- Jesus starts the restoration of Israel in Zebulum and Naphtali, where the destruction of Israel had begun in the 8th century BC.
- The healing of the sick is a sign that the Messiah has come.
- The restoration that Jesus brings starts with spiritual restoration.
- The ministry of Jesus is for the whole human race.
- The call to follow Jesus requires complete, absolute commitment.

You can find the text of the Gospel Reading at the USCCB website.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

I am starting a new weekly video series of reflections on the Sunday Gospel reading. In the video below, I reflect on John 1:29-34, the Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- The identity of Jesus.
- What does it mean that Jesus is the Lamb of God?
- How Jesus changed the nature of baptism.
- What does this passage say about the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist?


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Evangelical Pastor Francis Chan Discovers the Real Presence

In a beautiful sermon, Francis Chan, a prominent evangelical pastor, has spoken of his discovery of the doctrine of the Real Presence. His thinking on the topic seems startlingly Catholic, which has led many observers to speculate that Pastor Chan will eventually join the full communion of the Catholic Church.

The short clip below contains Pastor Chan's reflections on the Real Presence:



The video below contains his whole 47-minute sermon, which is filled with many excellent reflections: