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Before the Cross - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Column

'Before The Cross' by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Archbishop Carlson is the ninth Archbishop of Saint Louis. Listed below are the most recent columns written by Archbishop Carlson; click on the title to read the column. The Archdiocesan website has more information about Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Jesús nos llama a una conversión más profunda

Dos mil años atrás, Jesús observó las acciones de la gente, leyó las intenciones de sus corazones y subió la vara. Pidió una conversión más profunda a todos los que conoció. Si observara nuestras intenciones y si leyera nuestros corazones el día de hoy ¿qué sería lo que Él nos pediría? Las lecturas de esta semana del profeta Amós nos dan una pista.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Jesus calls us to a deeper conversion

Two thousand years ago Jesus looked at people's actions, read their hearts' intentions and raised the bar. He asked for a deeper conversion from everyone He met. Looking at our actions and reading our hearts' intentions today, what would He ask of us? The readings this week from the prophet Amos give us a clue.

Amos was called to prophesy in northern Israel during the middle 700's before Christ. It was a time of apparent stability. Military security and economic prosperity were at an all-time high. Israel thought this was a blessing from God, a reward for their faithfulness.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Nuestras vidas hacen referencia a la historia de Jesús

Las lecturas del Antiguo Testamento de esta semana nos dan un breve resumen de la historia detrás del exilio babilónico. Es una historia fascinante por sí misma, pero también por su paralelismo con la vida de Jesús y por tener una lección para nosotros.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our lives reference the history of Jesus

The Old Testament readings this week give a brief synopsis of the story behind the Babylonian Exile. It's fascinating in and of itself, but also in how it parallels the life of Jesus and holds a lesson for us.

The events begin more than 700 years before Christ. The King of Assyria conquers the northern tribes of Israel. The Israelites from these tribes are deported, never again to be gathered as part of Israel. (In fact, they become the hated "Samaritans" of the New Testament.) The northern tribes disappear. But that isn't the end of the story.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Failing to follow God’s law has consequences

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained 18 men to the permanent diaconate June 4 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

The central dome of the Cathedral Basilica bears an image of Elijah being carried off to heaven in a fiery chariot. We hear about that episode in readings this week.

Many fascinating episodes mark Elijah's prophetic career before he's taken to heaven: defeating the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, raising a dead child to life, hearing God in the still small voice. This week we hear about an interaction with the notorious King Ahab.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | No guardar la ley de Dios tiene consecuencias

Arzobispo Robert J. Carlson

El domo central de la catedral-basílica de St. Louis tiene una imagen de Elías siendo llevado al cielo en una carroza de fuego. En las lecturas de esta semana hablaremos sobre este episodio.

La carrera profética de Elías está marcada por muchos episodios fascinantes antes de ser llevado al cielo: derrotar a los profetas de Baal en el Monte Carmelo, devolver a la vida a un niño muerto, oír a Dios aun en las voces más pequeñas. Esta semana oiremos acerca de su interacción con el célebre rey Ajab.

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