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 […]

More on the Star of Bethlehem

On the Star of Bethlehem Every year around Christmas, reports appear in the papers or on television which claim to give an astronomical explanation of the Star of Bethlehem: It was a comet, we’re told, or a supernova, or a reading in an astrological horoscope. These speculations miss the early Christian understanding of the Star […]

God and Man in Composite Creation

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The apostles, when they went forth to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, consistently placed that message in a particular context: the cosmology of the Bible, based on the doctrine of Creation. Although the dominical mandate the apostles received did not explicitly say so (Mt 28:19-20; Mk 16:15; Lk 24:46-48; Acts […]

The Levitical Offerings and Sacrifices

by Fr. John A. Peck If we were to state the motto of the book of Leviticus, it might best be described as “You shall be holy for I, the LORD your God, am holy” (Lev. 19:2).  There are many instructions for sacrifice throughout the Pentateuch, but Leviticus chapters 1-7 is completely dedicated to the […]

What We Are Looking For In The Old Testament

by Fr. John A. Peck The Old Testament is 85%+ of the Bible. That’s a lot, in case you were wondering. If you are going to take the Old Testament Challenge, which starts next Tuesday, Sept. 15, then in order to help you see things with the eye of the Church as we read it, […]

On the Unique and Exclusive Presence of the Holy Spirit

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Christ’s greatest gift to the Church is the gift of the Holy Spirit; this gift is, moreover, original, unique, and exclusive. Now if someone finds this assertion unsurprising, I suspect he may not have given it the critical reflection it calls for. There should be at least a few faithful […]

The Potted Creed in the Book of Romans

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon An adequate theological analysis of the Incarnation must devote some attention to the Greek verb gignomai normally translated as “to become.” Most often in biblical narratives this verb is used in an impersonal sense, egeneto (“it happened”), the equivalent of the Hebrew ve-yahi. When it refers to the Incarnate Word, […]

The Aim of Living in God

by St. Simeon the New Theologian “The aim of all those who live in God is to please our Lord Jesus Christ and become reconciled with God the Father through receiving the Holy Spirit, thus securing their salvation, for in this consists the salvation of every soul. If this aim and this activity is lacking, […]