Podcast on Easter and the Appearances of the Risen Jesus
“Doubting Thomas” (John 20:19-31), showed us that without asking certain questions, Jesus would not have given us some of his most well known sayings: “Blessed are those that have not seen, yet still believe,” “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Fr. Bill talks about questions that arose regarding his own doubts about a popular interpretation of this Sunday’s First Reading (Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35) and how his doubt led to a deeper understanding of Catholic Social Teaching.
Ignorance of History has led to the Cancel Culture that has diseased our society, in which an elite few have accentuated the worst parts of history in order to define our Church, Culture and Nation.
Fr. Bill speaks of how knowing our History is a key component in canceling the Cancel Culture and how St. Joseph personifies the history of Israel, and therefore encompasses the importance of History itself.
How does thee world cleverly draw us away from faithfully obeying the Ten Commandments and how does St. Joseph serve as a model of perfect adherence to them?
Fr. Bill talks about the Ten Commandments of God’s Law, what “Commandments” are imposed upon us by the secular world, and how the world draws us away from faithfully living the Ten Commandments by cleverly weaving a series of “exceptions” to the Commandments themselves that may be more familiar, and startling than we realize.
We are moved by the faith of the Leper in approaching Jesus, the compassion of Jesus in curing the Leper; but are we all that impressed with the Leper’s subsequent disobedience to Jesus command? Fr. Bill discusses the often overlooked aftermath of Jesus cure of the Leper in the Gospel of Mark; an aftermath that has grave and serious repercussions for the ministry of Jesus, and serves as a sobering example of the importance of God’s Law, and our obligation to obey.
What is the essence behind the Wisdom of Job, and how does St. Joseph fit into that dynamic as the Patron Saint of the Catholic Church? Fr. Bill discusses the similarities between the two men and how the People of the Church can exercise that same Wisdom today.
Two of Jesus’ Disciples were called “Sons of Zebedee”, Jesus as “Son of Joseph” was “Son of the Carpenter” and “Son of David” in addition to being the “Son of God”. Fr. Bill discusses how we can find an identity in and through our Fathers and the names that are given to us from him.