The New Testament Jeremiah

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Apostle Paul speaks of his conversion graphically and with a certain flourish. It happened, he wrote, “when it pleased God, who appointed me (aphorisas me) from my mother’s womb (ek koilias metros mou) and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach him among the nations (en tois ethnesin)” (Galatians 1:15-16). This striking ... More...

Time’s Up

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon A consideration of the Atonement would be incomplete without some treatment of the Parable of the Vine Growers in Mark 12:1-12. However, having treated this parable at some length in The Jesus We Missed, I propose here to limit our reflections to Jesus' introduction, in the subsequent development of the story, of "the stone which the builders rejected." According ... More...

The Great Book of Kings

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon  The division between the two Books of Kings comes from the Greek translation known as the Septuagint. When this translation was made in the third century before Christ, a purely physical consideration obliged the copyists to break Kings into two parts. Whereas the Hebrew language has no formal vowels, Greek does. This meant that the Book of Kings was physically ... More...

Struggle In This World

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon According to the Evangelist Luke, Jesus' final invocation to the Father included a line from this psalm: 'Abba, beyadka 'aphqid rhuchi' "Father, into Thy hands I entrust my spirit!" In his first recorded words the Savior, in anticipation of his redemptive work, declared, "I must be about the things of my Father" (Luke 2:49). Now, in the final prayer before ... More...

Understanding the Apostle Paul

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon God seems to have chosen the Apostle Paul to demonstrate---arguably more than any other person in Christian history---how the life “in Christ” arrives at insight through experience. That is to say, the reader of the Pauline letters can actually discern, by the simple study of these letters, how their author, in the circumstances of his Christian life, came to ... More...