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Reflections on the Midsummer Nights Seminar on Paul

THANK YOU so very much for giving me a wonderful opportunity to share my love for St. Paul, who is so often not only misunderstood by modern Christians, but often time maligned as well.  Although I was not able to exegete the final passage from Romans (12:1-12), and discuss the passage on the veiling of women in Corinthians, I will offer an evening; “Midsummer Sequel” in the fall and address both the passages and also speak about how Paul’s rhetoric in Romans is a way in which he tries to overcome the Roman Christian community’s misgivings about his mission.

Please visit the Pauline lectures at Villanova University held in 2008.  These lectures will expand the many themes we touch on during our summer seminar. Also visit my blog, The Wonder of Truth.

The lecture by Fr. Jerome Murphy O’Connor will be a good synthesis of the timeline of Paul’s ministry that we discussed.  His mission was not only in words, but in deeds.  He manifested the life of Jesus in his body through a total commitment to the very end.

The lecture by Dr. Paula Fredriksen, delivered at Stanford on the “god-congested” world of St. Paul, was intriguing.  Of course, we too live in a god-congested world.  The lecture by NT Wright: “What Gods Do We Believe in Now?” will be a good reflection for ourselves.

Thank you to the many people who made Midsummer Nights happen.  From the great food, the awesome decorations, the beautiful children’s music and the teens who worked to bring Paul to the children.  

Again, I thank you so very much for this wonderful opportunity to share my love for the scriptures that strengthens me in my commitment to the Catholic faith of the ancient Christian Church: a faith celebrated with such beauty and enthusiasm at Sacred Heart.  If Paul walked into our assembly he would feel right at home in a robust and orderly community.

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

This ancient Solemnity of the second century commemorates the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul, the founders of the diocese of Rome. This is a day of grand celebration in Rome complete with fireworks. http://www.nola.com/travel/index.ssf/2013/06/romans_celebrate_the_feast_of.html

May we ponder the words of Saint Augustine whose homily for this Solemnity unfolds for us why thus should be a day of grand celebration.

“Both apostles share the same feast day – for these two were one and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostle’s blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their suffering, their preaching and their confession of faith.”

On this day when we confess the apostolicity of the faith, we also join our prayers to those Christians who today confess their faith in the face of the threat of death. Our thought turn to Meriam Ibrahim. In an insightful article by Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds , a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame, he states:

‘We all can learn from the example of Meriam Ibrahim. After her conviction in May, Meriam was given three days to embrace Islam and save her life. This would have been an easy choice to make, but Meriam refused, declaring: “I am a Christian and I will remain a Christian.” Those who wonder whether heroic—and saintly—courage still exists can look to her.’

On this Sunday we confess our faith in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church and pledge our prayer and support for those whose lives are threatened and those who are tortured and martyred for that confession.






O God, who on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul
give us the noble and holy joy of this day,
grant, we pray, that your Church
may in all things follow the teaching
of those through whom she received
the beginnings of right religion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.