Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tarazi and the Old Testament

I'm starting a scripture class this semester that focuses heavily on lectures and writings by Paul Nadim Tarazi, an Orthodox scripture scholar. He's clearly very knowledgeable about the cultural and linguistic contexts of the Old Testament books, but I have to say I'm not really sure what to make of his take on the Old Testament in terms of history. If any of you are familiar with Tarazi, I'd be interested in your impressions.

BTW, I'm trying to decide whether I should retire the blog. I just am not finding much to inspire me these days.

Friday, August 24, 2007

A new arrival

I'm officially an old codger (or step-grandfather, whatever).

Kennady Lynn Rose, born 12:47 PM MDT, weighing 7 lbs, 14 oz.

Yes, I know how to spell Kennedy. I didn't choose the spelling. Sheesh.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Emmaus and the Liturgy (or "Doh! Came in second again!")

Something today drew my thoughts to Luke 24 and I was struck by the parallels of the story with the Catholic liturgy. The story itself takes place on the day of the resurrection, a Sunday. This much is confirmed in both Luke and Matthew. The first part, the Liturgy of the Word, parallels Christ's interpretation of the Old Testament scriptures to the two disciples. The second part, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, parallels the events at the table, when Christ essentially re-enacts the Passover meal, then disappears. The act of breaking the bread opens the eyes so that they can see Christ's living presence in front of them.

I thought I had something unique here, until I found this on the web site for St. Paul's Center for Biblical Theology.

Well, at least I'm in good company.

Still Kicking

I apologize to my friends that I haven't submitted any posts in a few weeks. I haven't had the desire or inspiration to write. However, my next class begins in a week, so I'll have subject matter soon.

I would like to request some prayers:

- My stepdaughter, Hannah, will be giving birth any day now, and I will officially become a stepgrandfather. Please pray for her and for her unborn child.

- Our bishop, Most Reverend Michael P. Driscoll, is having back surgery. He has been sufferring noticeably for some time. Please pray for a successful outcome and relief from his pain.

- A special intention for my daughter and her mother.

God bless you all.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Prayer Request for a Friend of a Friend

A friend of our has a prayer request.

She has a friend whose very young son has cancer. He recently had surgery to remove the cancerous growths, and they found more cancer than they had anticipated. Of course, the little boy needs our prayers, but the parents are also really struggling. Please pray for them as well.