New York University
Catholic Center at NYU
A lecture by Fr. Stephen Ryan, OP (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception)
Free and open to the public
Fr. Ryan was born and raised in Boston and entered the Order of Preachers in 1987. He was ordained a priest in 1993 and, on completion of doctoral studies in Scripture, was assigned to the Dominican House of Studies in 2000. He teaches courses on the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Prophets, Wisdom, Psalms), as well as biblical and early Christian languages (Hebrew, Greek, Syriac).
This talk is about the Bible and about learning to see the world through the lens of the Gospel. Two points of departure are the essay “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God” by Simone Weil and reflections on Christian seeing by Rémi Brague (“The Christian Moral Revolution”). The first biblical text to be considered is one in which Elisha teaches his disciple to see as he does, with the luminous vision which faith affords (2 Kings 6:8-23). The second is the well-known story of the widow’s mite, narrated in two places (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4), in which Jesus asks his disciples to notice an elderly woman giving her life (βίος) to God.