Course: Reading Graciously - Mercy and the Heart in St Paul and Pope Francis
The opposition to Jesus by the religious authorities of the day tended to revolve around how sacred Scripture, in particular the Law, was to be read and applied. Jesus summed up his approach when he said, quoting the prophet Hosea, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13/Hosea 6:6).
But what did he mean by this? In a sense the whole history of the Church is the Holy Spirit giving us the answer to this question.
By comparing the writings of St Paul with that of Pope Francis we can see how the Church has grown in its understanding of the faith fully revealed in Jesus Christ who, being the way, the truth, and the life, is the source of all grace and mercy.
Week One: The Interior Life of God and the Role of the Holy Spirit in Corinthians.
Week Two: The Incomprehensible and Mystical Mercy of God in Romans.
Week Three: Pope Francis against the Gnostics and the Pharisees: the Power of Sacramental Grace.
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Presenter: Robert Tilley, PhD
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, February 6, 13, 20
Dr Robert Tilley is a lecturer in biblical studies and ancient languages at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and in Christian literature at the Aquinas Academy.