Dr. Tom Curran continues to explore the power of praying ‘big prayers’ by reading the Prayer of Abandonment by Blessed Charles De Foucauld and the Fragrance Prayer by Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman. Tom also reflects on the public ministries of Jesus written in the Gospel of Mark: The Gerasene Demoniac, Jairus’s Daughter and the Woman with a Hemorrhage and The Rejection at Nazareth.
What is the central message of Jesus? Dr. Tom Curran begins the program with a prayer for travelers and for those in a fragile state without an advocate. Tom explores the five themes of Jesus’ proclamation (Mark: 1): repentance, belief, the Good News, the Kingdom of God, and “here now!”
Dr. Tom Curran reads today’s Gospel reading on the Baptism of Jesus (MT 3:13-17) and reflects on eleven insights on the Baptism of Jesus identified in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. [CCC:536] In the final segment, Tom shares more book recommendations, highlighting the category of ‘Daily Readers’: The business of Heaven by C.S.Lewis, Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Cardinal Ratzinger, and Benedictus: Day by Day with Pope Benedict XVI by Fr. Peter Cameron, O.P.
Dr. Tom Curran shares four phrases to explore the fact-value distinction: I want to serve you, I surrender, I am open, I am poor in spirit. Tom reflects on last Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 19) and shares a message on stewardship.