The Catholic Hack! Episode No 49 – What the Rock is cooking!


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We have a LOT to talk about today… The Rock, The 7 last sayings of Christ, Salvation history and the empty tomb! This is a long one… sorry!… but, I really wanted to talk about all these great and important topics. I hope you enjoy it. Please send me your feedback and leave me a review on iTunes.

God Bless
Joe M
The Catholic Hack!

Show Notes:
Verses –

  • CCC 599 & 601 & 1225
  • Numbers 20:1-12
  • Matthew 27:46
  • Luke 23:32-43 & 46
  • John 19:26-30
  • Genesis 3
  • John 20:1-18
  • 1Cor 10:4 & 1Cor 12:13
  • Romans 5:1-18
  • Matthew 10:28
  • James 3:1-12
  • John Paul II – Forgiveness Requirement?

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  1. Marla

    Wow! Wow! Wow! What an amazing episode! There’s so much “meat” in your talk that it’ll take me several more times of listening to digest it all.

    A thought about the good thief: Protestants use the words of Jesus, “TODAY you will be with me in Paradise” to argue against the doctrine of purgatory.

    Also, re: the thief’s eventual salvation, I always assumed he underwent what the Church calls the baptism of desire, referring to someone who dies without having received the sacrament of baptism, but who ardently desires the Lord. (This is in contrast to the baptism of blood that occurs with martyrs.)

    If you could comment on this, I’d greatly appreciate it.

    Best always, Joe. God bless you and yours, and have a wonderful and happy Easter!


  2. Joe McClane

    Hi Marla,

    I could have talked for hours but then again… who would listen!?! This is my favorite topic when discussing the faith… salvation history.

    I thought about mentioning the issue over purgatory but felt I was going too long as it was. This too, the issue over “Today”, is a misunderstanding among critics of the Church. I would make a few points here.

    For starters when we die we step into eternity and outside of time. So, just like the angels, we will not encounter/feel/be subject too, time as it relates to the movement of the earth around the sun (years, months, weeks, days etc.). So the “Today” does not have the same effect when we die as it does when we are alive on this earth. What does “Today” mean in the context of eternity any way?

    Secondly, I would also point to the parable of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” from Luke 16:19 (and following) and how to the first century Jew paradise was “the bosom of Abraham”. This was commonly known as Sheol… it was a holding place for the righteous because Heaven was not opened until Christ ascended there to present his sacrificed body before the heavenly alter of God the Father (the book of Hebrews is all about this).

    So its futile to use “Today” when speaking of eternity because nothing unclean will enter heaven according to Revelations 21:37. Clearly this man was not pure. His faith did produce great works… but faith is only the beginning not the end of our salvation. So, as St. Paul tells us, in 1 Cor 3:15, we will be tested with fire… a refiners fire that will purify us.

    Question…. how long will that take? A instant? How long is that? I’ll bet it will feel like an eternity to us who are enduring the fire of God’s PURE love.

    So Jesus was not making the statement that this man was a) saved by faith alone and b) taking the expressway to heaven and forgoing purgatory. Jesus simply tells him that his faith has saved him and his response and cooperation to that Grace from God will get him in the door “Today”.

    Jesus does NOT contradict himself in scripture so we can NOT ignore John 6, when he tells us we MUST eat his body and drink his blood if we are to have life and be raised, and simply rely on John 3:15 to “BELIEVE” only and get a free ticket “today”. We have to take BOTH into account if we are going to be honest. Faith is the start not the end.

    Let me know if you were looking for something else.

    God Bless
    Joe M
    The Catholic Hack!

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