A Little About Hebrews 12:2

Hebrews

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon After his long panegyric on the heroes of faith, the author of the Epistle makes reference to Jesus as "the leader and perfecter of faith" (12:2). This expression requires closer inspection, in order to understand Jesus' relationship to faith. First, we should clear up the misunderstanding created by the incorrect insertion of "our" with respect to faith. There ... More...

Did He Stay or Did He Go?

great commission

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is instructive to compare and contrast the closing scenes of Jesus' earthly presence as they are presented in Luke/Acts and Matthew. The scenes are similar in that both depict Jesus' final meeting with the group known as the Eleven (hoi Hendeka, Mt 28:16 and Lk 24:33). Connected with each presentation, likewise, is an evangelical mandate (Mt 28:19-20 ; Lk 24:46-47 ... More...

Fifty Days of Sundays

pentecost

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When, at the Council of Nicaea, the Church formally determined that Pascha should always be observed on a Sunday, that determination necesarily affected the final day of Pentecost. Thus, beginning and ending on a Sunday, the whole fifty days of Pentecost began to take on some of characteristics associated with Sunday, the day of the Lord’s Resurrection. This ... More...

A New Kind Of Death

sunrise

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon However we are to treat the "necessity" Christ ascribes to his Passion, we should not speak of it as a physical necessity. It was not an mere instance of second law of thermodynamics. Nor---to pose the question theologically---can we say that Jesus had to die in the same sense that the rest of us have to die. Although descended in the line from Adam, Christ did not ... More...

The Farce of Feeling Forgiveness

stoning

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It may be the case that we have heard the plainest words of Holy Scripture so often that we no longer really hear them. A long but shallow acquaintance with the Bible's most obvious teachings may serve sometimes to deflect, if not actually to dull, even the keen double-edged sword of God's Word. We assume that the point of the divine will has already pierced its way ... More...