Monday, November 18, 2019

Fr. Chuck's Column, October 20, 2019

As you may have seen in the bulletin, next Sunday at 10 a.m. we have a special presentation here at St. Austin by two scripture scholars from St. Edward’s University. 
They are both contributors to the new (and highly acclaimed!) Paulist Biblical Commentary. They are also a married couple: Dr. Richard J. Bautch and Dr. Kelley Coblenz Bautch.
There was a conscious effort in compiling the Paulist Biblical Commentary to include more than just priests, but also lay people and especially women.
Dr. Richard contributed the two articles on the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. These two books together run only about 20 pages in a Bible. They are not very well known. It would be worth while to read these two books, which take place at the end of the Babylonian Exhile and the return of the people to Jerusalem in keeping with God’s promise, before coming to the lecture.
Dr. Kelley contributed the article in the Paulist Biblical Commentary on the Book of Esther. Esther was a strong-willed woman who became queen and used her influence to prevent the destruction of the Jews. It is also a short book and worth a read. 
We are blessed to have such wonderful resources as St. Edward’s University and the University of Texas so close to our parish.  Please plan on joining us next Sun., Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Guadalupe Room.  See you there!  

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