Each week, Dr. Richard Benton, Fr. Marc Boulos and guests discuss the content of the Bible as literature. On Tuesdays, Fr. Paul Tarazi presents an in-depth analysis of the biblical text in the original languages.
In today’s program, Fr. Paul reminds us that the Bible is a totality, with all its stories written together, in tandem. (Episode 145)
Jesus Doesn’t Need Friends
In the year of our Lord 2020, Matthew’s warning that we are not to judge our neighbor draws a scowl from those who hear it, even as Christians themselves dismiss it. No sooner do we give lip service to this teaching than we scramble to find self-justifying theories that separate us from others. We want to know that we are right; that we are safe; that we can protect and control what we have: we want assurances that God has chosen us.
We want to be called his friends.
Friend, in Matthew’s gospel, that is not good news.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 22:8-14.
Episode 355 Matthew 22:8-14; Music:
Longing and Concern by Kevin MacLeod
The Story of Abram
In today’s program Fr. Paul touches on the importance of God’s blessings and curses at the beginning of Genesis 12. (Episode 144)
We Are All Guests
In Matthew’s gospel, the notion of a guest is a useful metaphor. A guest owns nothing, controls nothing, provides nothing, and can do nothing when the host asks them to leave. If you hate being at the mercy of another, the best way to deal with their invitation is to throw it in the trash.
Unfortunately for those who shun God’s invite in Matthew, the Lord is not from Minnesota, and, as such, his aggression against them is definitely not passive.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 22:1-7.
Episode 354 Matthew 22:1-7; Music:
Stormfront by Kevin MacLeod
In today’s program, Fr. Paul returns to his general commentary on the book of Genesis with a discussion of the literary hinge or turning point at the end of Genesis 11, which serves as a jumping off point to the so called “scriptural story” of Abraham. (Episode 143)
Hope in Destruction
When human beings seek security and safety, they base their defense on brick and mortar buttressed by a fierce criticism of those they deem unrighteous. What to do when that criticism bounces back like a missile, and your only defense is the stone of instruction, which you rejected?
21:25 women are going to have children
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 21:40-45.
Episode 353 Matthew 21:40-45; Music:
Poofy Reel by Kevin MacLeod
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