On this episode, Bishop continues breaking down readings from the Easter Vigil Mass. This time, it’s from Genesis…and God’s command to Abraham that he sacrifice his son, Isaac. Then it’s on to listener-submitted questions, including one on what distinguishes humans from animals.

Listener-submitted questions:
1. I work with a man who professes to be a devout Catholic. I am not Catholic but have a great love of the Catholic teaching and am considering converting. I consider myself to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

The man I work with insists that humans are animals. Because they are animals they are oriented to procreation which lends itself to sexual sin. Therefore they must use their intellects to keep from sinning. I asked him about the transformation that takes place when one confesses their sin and asks Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. He said they are still animals. I asked him where in the Bible did he find that. He retorted that he didn’t consider what the Bible says. I don’t remember what his reason was as his temper was flaring. My experience with him made me very hesitant to pursue this as he is very hostile when anybody questions him.

This has really upset me. I believe Jesus is my Lord and Savior and because of that I have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Yes, there are fleshly desires but as I turn to the Holy Spirit for strength I can overcome the temptation. As well, it says in Genesis that God made the animals lower than man.

Please if you could help me I would appreciate it. Not necessarily to engage in any argument with this man but so I could rest in the truth.

2. What does the Church teach about Christians who are killed for their faith in Christ but who were not Catholic? Do we presume they are in heaven? Is it possible for them to be canonized?

3. Why do we fast for an hour before receiving the Eucharist? How long should we wait after receiving Communion before we eat or drink?

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