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...

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...

Disaster & Disillusion: History Without The Messiah

Revolt and Loss

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon History was not kind to the Jewish people during the century following the trial of Jesus. Just before that trial, Israel’s last prophet wept over Jerusalem and foretold the destruction of its Temple, and within a generation of that prophecy the Holy Land was engulfed in a series of Jewish revolts against Rome, a running conflict culminating in the fall of Jerusalem ... More...

Jesus and the Psalms

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In my next book which I (along with my publisher) hope will be finished soon, I will argue that Jesus learned the meaning of the biblical prophecies in his life of prayerful intimacy with the Father. The prayer of Christ is inseparable from the being of Christ. In the mind of Christ the eternal reciprocity between the Father and the Son assumes the contour and ... More...