Angelic Dialogue According to the Church Fathers

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon As we considered recently, the Church Fathers placed Psalm 23 (Hebrew 24) in the scene of the Lord's Ascension. The dialogue in this psalm ("Who is this King of glory?), they believed, involved the angels who guarded the gates of heaven. Indeed, Saint Irenaeus, in the course of an exposition of three psalms, believes there are two groups of angels attendant on the ... More...

Talking Amongst the Angels

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the measure that the ascending Christ quits the company of men on earth, he associates himself with the company of the angels in heaven. Saint John testifies that he receives in heaven the homage from "the voice of many angels": “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain / To receive power and abundance and wisdom, / And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” It ... More...

Pentecost: The Whole Paschal Season

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In Luke's theology the mission of the Holy Spirit is especially related to the event of Pentecost. Consequently, the forgiveness and remission of sins---the Holy Spirit's first gift---forms a theme foundational to the imagery of Pentecost. This is the case, whether "Pentecost" refers to the whole Paschal season (its older meaning) or refers to the specific day of the ... More...

A Little About Hebrews 12:2

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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?

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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...