Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Questions I Answered on the Resurrection on Catholic Answers Live. You can listen on-line here or download podcasts here

Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 3.42.25 PM1.  Why does Paul say Peter was the first to see Jesus when the Gospels say it was Mary Magdalen?

2. Why did you call a priest a heretic? Or, was the resurrection a real physical event?

3. Did the Virgin Mary see Jesus first after his resurrection?

4. If Scripture says Jesus resurrected on the third day, why did he rise on Sunday instead of Monday? How many days was he in the tomb?

5. In Matthew’s Gospel it says that many tombs were opened and the dead resurrected and they walked around Jerusalem. What is that about and is it literal?

6. Who was the “other Mary” that was at the tomb early in the morning?

7. Was the other Mary at the Tomb the Blessed Virgin?

8. A doctor asks: I think the Shroud should help skeptics believe in the resurrection; do you agree?

9. With such evidence of the resurrection, why did so many of the Jews not believe especially after the prophecies of Isaiah?

10. How many times or in how many places was Jesus seen after his resurrection?

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What Does this Wood Carving Mean?

by Steve Ray on April 18, 2017

This was in the hospital. What does it mean?

When I went to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan the other day for a visit, I stopped by to pray at the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. In front of the chapel was this wood carving.

I also, like all of you, sat in front of it puzzled. Who are the women, what’s in their hands? What does it mean? Then it came to me. A catholic hospital, especially one with the word “mercy” in it’s name, practices the Corporal Acts of Mercy.

The six items held by the women representing the virtues or acts of mercy are taken straight from the Gospels – from Matthew 25:34-36 and are the basis for judging whether people are going to heaven or hell.

From the gospel we read: “Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; ?for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, ? I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'”

Humbling words! I think the 5th image represents flowers that are often brought to the sick in hospitals.

Scary words – because Jesus ends up saying,

Then the King will say to those at his right hand, “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink” … Then he will say to those at his left hand, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink …”  (Matthew 25:31-46)

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