Kresta in the Afternoon – January 4, 2019 – Hour 2

  • Description: Our guest host today is Gary Michuta.

+  “Vagabond of God: - the Beatification Case of John Bradburne

  • Description: John Bradburne was an English missionary who once told his friend he had three wishes – to help victims of leprosy, to die a martyr and to be buried in the Franciscan habit. All these wishes were granted; after living with victims of leprosy in Rhodesia for 10 years, John was kidnapped by guerrilla fighters and executed. His niece has opened his cause for canonization, and Brian O’Neel joins us with the story.
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    • Brian O'Neel
      Brian O’Neel is a Catholic blogger from Pennsylvania
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+  A King to Behold: The Epiphany of the Lord (2 segments)

  • Description: The word “epiphany” means a sudden appearance, and on the Feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of the Christ Child. Rob Corzine joins us with reflections on this and on the great Feast of Mary, Mother of God.
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    • Rob Corzine
      Rob Corzine is Vice President for Programs for the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
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    • Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men

      Modern biblical scholars tend to dismiss the Christmas story of the “wise men from the East” as pious legend. Matthew’s gospel offers few details, but imaginative Christians filled out the story early on, giving us the three kings guided by a magical star who join the adoring shepherds in every Christmas crèche. For many scholars, then, there is no reason to take the gospel story seriously. But are they right? Are the wise men no more than a poetic fancy? In an astonishing feat of detective work, Dwight Longenecker makes a powerful case that the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem really happened. Piecing together the evidence from biblical studies, history, archeology, and astronomy, he goes further, uncovering where they came from, why they came, and what might have happened to them after eluding the murderous King Herod. In the process, he provides a new and fascinating view of the time and place in which Jesus Christ chose to enter the world. The evidence is clear and compelling. The mysterious Magi from the East were in all likelihood astrologers and counselors from the court of the Nabatean king at Petra, where the Hebrew messianic prophecies were well known. The “star” that inspired their journey was a particular planetary alignment―confirmed by computer models―that in the astrological lore of the time portended the birth of a Jewish king. The visitors whose arrival troubled Herod “and all Jerusalem with him” may not have been the turbaned oriental kings of the Christmas carol, but they were real, and by demonstrating that the wise men were no fairy tale, Mystery of the Magi demands a new level of respect for the historical claims of the gospel. (learn more)

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