Discipleship Themes In Matthew’s Gospel

During the Christmas season the Gospel of Matthew is often read as it is one of the two Gospels that contains an infancy narrative of Christ. Though this holds great significance, there are many other pieces of the Gospel that give us clues on how to live a Christian life.

Christ’s Fulfillment of the Covenants

William Hemsworth

Throughout the Old Testament there are several instances of God establishing a covenant.  He did so with Adam in the Garden, with the nation of Israel through Moses where the Law was delivered, with Noah after the great flood, with Abraham and his descendants, and lastly with King David.  These covenants are a part of salvation history that prepared the world for the coming of the Messiah.  Each one of these covenants was important and significant, and each one was fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.  This covenant is known as the new covenant, and it is everlasting.  Regarding this the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “God has revealed himself fully by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant forever. The Son is his Father’s definitive Word; so there will be no further Revelation after him” (CCC para 73).

The Adamic covenant is the…

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Meeting the Protestant Challenge with Karlo Broussard

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-u8bns-cae75f This week Catholic Answers apologist Karlo Broussard comes on the program to discuss his book "Meeting the Protestant Challenge" from Catholic Answers Press.  Karlo helps us defend objections using scripture.  We discuss the authority of Peter at the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15.  The challenge to Papal infallibility, and the sinlessness of Mary. ... Continue Reading →

Divine Providence

William Hemsworth

When we speak of divine providence it can be hard to understand how free will, efficacious grace, and perseverative grace can exist can fully exist within its context. If God knows how everything will turn out, then how can we truly exercise free will? These topics can be confusing to those who are just beginning their journey in faith, but they do have an explanation.

We must remember that God is not limited to time. In fact, he is outside time. Imagine that you had the ability to travel back in time to your childhood. You have the strange opportunity of observing how you interact with others. Though you know the outcome as an adult, you are observing your childhood self-using the gift of free will to make decisions. You know how those decisions will turn out, but you as a child still used your gift of reason to decide…

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St. Thomas Aquinas and Christology

William Hemsworth

Thomas Aquinas is known as one of the greatest thinkers in the history of the church.  He was a prolific writer, and writings are still widely read today.  When it comes to Christology Aquinas had a lot to say, and his writings on Christology can be read in the third part of his Summa Theologica and his Commentary on Matthew.

His view on the incarnation was different because he assumed its necessity was hypothetical.  This does not mean that it was a theory and that it did not happen, but it was only a necessity if it was something that God had planned from the beginning.  Like Anselm and many others before him, Aquinas believed that nothing can coerce God.  In simpler terms, did God only ordain the incarnation as a result of the fall?  Or was the incarnation already put in place because God knew the fall would take…

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The Need to Evangelize.

This week evangelist Ed Graveline comes on the program to discuss the need to evangelize. Ed has been involved with St. Paul Street Evangelization since 2013. He has an amazing reversion story that he shares, and we discuss the command of Christ to evangelize the nations. If you want to join Ed in Sierra Vista,... Continue Reading →

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