Mark 13 is titled The Eschatological Discourse. Eschatology is a part of theology that focuses on the last things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell – and is intrinsically linked with the virtue of hope. Even with such heavy language as Jesus uses in this chapter, [Read more…]
I had the privilege of sharing a study on the Gospel of Mark with a group of students at one of my high schools. To set the stage for this study, I began by giving them an overview of the Bible as well as three claims Catholics place on what we read in Scripture. Here’s the second half of that conversation, completing what I said about what the Bible is & where it came from.
What do Catholics believe about the Bible?
A lot, actually. [Read more…]
When we make the sign of the Cross, we pray in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And while sometimes it’s easy to see the Father – He who created all things out of love and who sits on the throne, and we can find a multitude of images of Jesus depicting His birth, death & resurrection, and everything in between… the Holy Spirit seems a little more mysterious. We have a variety of images in scripture such as the dove which descended on Christ at His Baptism or the tongues of fire which inspired the Apostles at Pentecost… but when we speak of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, it just seems a little bit abstract. But the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, whom the Nicene Creed affirms we are to worship and glorify alongside the Father and the Son: [Read more…]
At Mass each Sunday, following the homily, we are invited to stand and profess the Creed. In Canada, it is customary to recite the Apostle’s Creed – the shorter, older form of the creed which is thought to be the summary of faith of the Apostles. This Creed is professed in many other Christian Churches (including the line “I believe in… the holy catholic Church” – the word ‘catholic’ means ‘universal’) – and even inspired a Rich Mullins song. The longer from, the Nicene Creed developed over the first four centuries of Christianity with the major councils – helping to clarify Christian beliefs we take for granted about the Trinity and the Divinity of Christ.
What these Creeds do is take the story of our faith – unfolded with love and care throughout the Scriptures – and unfolds them as a clear, condensed formula of our faith. [Read more…]