The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – June 3, 2018

[Excerpted from the May/June 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] The making of covenants was a way of ordering life in ancient times. These mutually-binding agreements were made between nations, among neighbors, […]


The Most Holy Trinity – May 27, 2018

[Excerpted from the May/June 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] “If you watch what I do, you will know who I am.” Somewhere back in my studies, I recall stumbling over this […]


Pentecost Sunday – May 20, 2018

[Excerpted from the May/June 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] As we bring the Easter season to a close, we might pick up some thoughts that have been woven into the readings […]


The Ascension of the Lord – May 13, 2018

[Excerpted from the May/June 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] Each of the gospel accounts ends with a similar look forward. In John, Jesus says: “. . . as the Father has […]


Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 6, 2018

[Excerpted from the May/June 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] “As the Father has loved me, so I also love you”! How can we fathom this? Is Jesus saying, “I love you […]


Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 29, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] A key idea in the readings this week is the building up of the church. […]


Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 22, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] As we move into the second half of Easter, the Gospel readings turn from the […]


Third Sunday of Easter – April 15, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The readings this week draw our attention to a topic that we may have thought […]


Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy) – May 8, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] There’s an interesting feature of the first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, that […]


The Resurrection of the Lord (Easter) – April 1, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] Although the gospel reading for the Easter Vigil has the disciples encountering the risen Christ, […]