Mary of Bethany’s Secret Plan

Mary of Bethany was a clever girl. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Notable among the friends of Jesus was that family in Bethany, of which St. John wrote, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” (John 11:5). Although Luke told a story account Martha and her sister, Mary (Luke 10:38-42), almost all of […]

Who Were The Nephilim?

by Fr. Jonathan Tobias   Who are the Nephilim? Come with me, and let’s solve an ancient Bible mystery. This will be an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones. Who in the world are these strange people, the “Nephilim”? Here are two passages in Scripture that mention them: Genesis 6.4: The Nephilim were in the earth […]

“Lord, Why Can I Not Follow You Now?”: Why Peter Had To Wait

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Saint John’s early affirmation, “The Word became flesh,” is both the thesis of his whole gospel and the interpretive principle for understanding its sundry parts. This one verse affirms that everything expressed in the divine Word took on a fleshly, human form. In the stories recounted by John, we ponder […]

The Way Which Leads To Life

Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few are those who find it. Matthew 7:13-14

The Who’s Who of The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

by Protodeacon James Hughes As we approach Great Lent, the time given to us specifically for repentance (via the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete), the Church gives us a whole host of images to help us. St. John of Kronstadt teaches that: “Imagery or symbols are a necessity of human nature in our presently […]

Jesus, Gentiles, and the Hour of Glory

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon What have Gentiles to do with Jesus’ Hour of Glory? The third dominical prophecy in which John employs the verb hypsoo is found in the discourse that follows the inquiry of the Greeks who wished to see Jesus: “And I, if I am lifted up (hypsotho) from the earth, will […]

What Did Jews Identify the Gospel With?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The very notion of the “Gospel,” the Evangelion, lies so deep in Christian memory that it takes on a tautological quality, as it were: The Gospel is the Gospel. The “idea” of it is so integral to what we mean by “Christian” that the two concepts can hardly be dissected. […]

Christ And Zeal

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Jesus Christ and Zeal Although each of the four Gospels tells of our Lord’s purging of the Temple, in John’s account its position is unique. Whereas the three Synoptic Gospels place the story during the last week of Jesus’ earthly life, we find it, in John’s telling, near the very […]