June 30, 2017

June's Blog of Note: The Sacred Page

The Sacred Page Blog

The Sacred Page is a blog on the Bible and Catholic theology written by four professors of Scripture and Theology, Michael Barber, John Bergmsa, Brant Pitre, and John Kincaid. Together they provide insightful, scholarly commentary on all things related to the Good News as recorded by the authors of God’s Word. Their ministry takes its mission statement from Dei Verbum, "...the study of the sacred page is, as it were, the soul of sacred theology" (Vatican II, Dei Verbum, 24). The biblical exegesis they offer is faithful and enlightening. Here is one such example:

(On the Prodigal Son)

"Jesus begins by telling the story of a man who had two sons. The parable begins with the younger brother going to the father and asking for his inheritance.

Of course, an inheritance is usually bestowed upon offspring after the death of the one bequeathing it. Essentially, by demanding his inheritance while his father is still alive the younger brother basically says, 'Dad, you’re dead to me.'

We might note how incredible it is that the father actually honors his request, the father gives his son of his own estate while he is still living. In effect, the father impoverishes himself. Notably, the son has not told his father what he is going to do with it. Ostensibly, one could think that the son was looking to simply take responsibility of the family’s goods he would one day receive. (Though, given the fact that son has basically declared the death of his father, his next actions are not at all surprising). Yet, instead of sticking around and managing the family estate he has been entrusted with, he takes off with it!" ... Not only does he abandon the family, he squanders what he received from his father on [various] debauchery... " (See "The Prodigal Son, New Life and Sacramental Imagery")

Many of our priest contributors have made The Sacred Page a regular part of their weekly internet viewing. Its archived content would benefit any Catholic intent on deepening their understand and appreciation of Sacred Scripture, especially those ordained that are charged with a preaching ministry in the Church. Visit The Sacred Page today! It is well worth your time and attention.

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