On Tuesdays, Fr. Paul Tarazi presents an in-depth analysis of the biblical text in the original languages.
Exactly fifty years ago on Monday, October 26 1970, Fr. Paul gave his first lecture at Balamand Seminary in Lebanon, marking the beginning of his incredible academic career. This week, on Monday, October 26, 2020, OCAB Press announced the publication of his latest book, Decoding Genesis 1-11. Touching on themes from this book, in today’s program Fr. Paul explains that Psalms 7, 8 and 9 are meant to be heard together as a trilogy. (Episode 141)
When anyone gathers to accomplish a task, there are plenty of people who express a willingness to help and no shortage of expert opinions about the work itself and how it should be completed. Great. With all this amazing expertise and positive thinking, there should be no trouble completing the task, right? Guess again. One way to solve this problem is to pay people and hold them accountable if they do not deliver. This is the most effective way. Another approach might be to tap peoples’ motivations, play on their emotions, or otherwise employ psychology to feed their ego in some way. In the field of social media, this is called a “free service.” You get to use a bunch of “free” technology that feels great, so long as you let it suck your soul, monetize your personal life, waste your time, and accelerate the demise of your civilization. In this approach, you don’t tell someone to do something because it is necessary or correct. You lie to them in order to get what you want. Some people refer to this as success.n The third option is called, “the cause.” If someone is committed to the cause, even when they do not want to do the work, get nothing from it and take no pleasure in it—even when they protest—they get it done. Only when someone does the work under this pressure—against their will—can the Lord be certain that their praise is not empty lip service. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 21:28-32. Episode 351 Matthew 21:28-32; Music: Faster Does It by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3741-faster-does-it License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/