Monday, February 19, 2024

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Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. of EWTN calls in to talk about his newest book, “Commentary on the Book of Isaiah: An In-Depth Look at the Gospel of the Old Testament.” Fr. Mitch talks about the prophet Isaiah, who started prophesizing when the Roman Empire was in about its second year and how his disciples often wrote in his name, which was a common practice in those days. The Book of Isaiah is very familiar to Catholics because there are lots of references to the coming of the Messiah, aka Jesus Christ. Fr. Mitch also talks about looking through the lens history honestly, and not in this culture’s judgmental way, in order to learn their perspective so that we can grow.

Also, Gus reads and reflects on Psalm 51, which is King David’s lament and repentance for his sins of adultery and murder. Gus focuses on the attribute of compassion, which he wrote about in his book, “Magnetic Christianity: Using Your God Given Gifts to Build the Kingdom.” He plays that chapter from the audio book version.

And over the weekend, we read from the Gospel of Mark in the Sunday liturgy where Jesus ventures out in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. Here, he’s tempted by Satan. Gus talks about his priest’s focus on the opening line, where the sacred author writes, “The spirit drove Jesus out into the desert.” He never thought of Jesus excitedly going out to fast in that manner. He asks listeners to call in share what they heard in their homilies this past Sunday.


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