Kresta in the Afternoon – July 16, 2020 – Hour 2

+  St Paul’s Joyful Suffering with the Philippians (2 segments)

  • Description: In his letter to the Philippians, St Paul is in chains – and those chains are marks of his union with the suffering Christ. We look at St Paul’s persecution and the joy of the Philippians with Fr Richard Cassidy
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    • Fr. Richard Cassidy
      Fr. Richard J. Cassidy is the author of A Roman Commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. He serves as Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He holds graduate degrees from the Gregorian University, the University of Michigan, and the Graduate Theological Union. For decades, Fr. Cassidy has been an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Since 2004 he has been an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.
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    • A Roman Commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians

      Paul writes his letter to the Philippians referencing two related forms of persecution. The Christians of Philippi are experiencing persecution by the Roman authorities who govern the Philippi. Paul himself is experiencing persecution by the Roman authorities (the Roman emperor’s praetorian guard) in Rome. Roman persecution is thus the fundamental context for his letter. Paul’s most basic premise in this letter is to hold high the slave, Jesus Christ! In perhaps the most moving passage he ever wrote (Phil 2:6-11) Paul delineates that Jesus did not count equality with God something to be grasped at but rather empties himself taking the form of a slave and embracing crucifixion, the slave’s form of death. Accordingly. God has raised Jesus to the highest place and has caused all on the earth, above the earth, and under the earther to bow at the name of Jesus and to proclaim that Jesus alone is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Very significantly, Paul affirms that Christian slaves are ennobled by Jesus initiatives. Because these slaves now join the other Christian citizens in having “citizenship in heaven,” Paul’s letter constitutes a radical threat to the Roman imperial authorities in this way as well. (learn more)

+  The Parables that Reveal the Kingdom

  • Description: We are in the middle of a three-week series of Sunday Gospels that all detail Jesus' teachings on the kingdom - last week we heard the Parable of the Sower, and in coming weeks we will hear of the wheat and the tares, the mustard seed and more. We talk with John Grondelski about how these stories reveal the Kingdom of Heaven.
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    • Dr John Grondelski
      Dr. John M. Grondelski is former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. He is especially interested in moral theology and the thought of John Paul II.
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