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. […]

Because The Lord Has Sworn An Oath

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The scene at Mount Moriah, where Abraham prepared to offer his son Isaac, has long lived in Christian memory as a source of theological reflection. Melito, a 2nd century bishop of Sardis, commented on the event at some length in a Paschal homily. In this comment we observe how easily […]

The Royal Priesthood, The Treasured People

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In his first epistle Peter once describes his audience as God’s Chosen People: But you are an elect generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a treasured People, that you may declare the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; formerly you were not […]

About The Paschal Lamb

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Very early in the Fourth Gospel, John the Baptist sees Jesus and exclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29) The Evangelist tells us that John repeated this identification on the following day (1:36). For the rest of the Fourth Gospel, nothing […]

Israel’s Interest In The Mind of the Prophets

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is easy to detect, over the course of biblical history, significant changes in Israel’s interest in the prophets. The most significant change, I suppose, comes with the emergence of literary prophecy in the eighth century. In the previous century Israel’s interest in the prophets was especially expressed in narrative […]

A Year Acceptable To The Lord

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When the Evangelist Luke began his account of Jesus’ public ministry with the reading of Isaiah (4:18-19), he also used that prophetic text to provide a literary synopsis of the Gospel story. The passage begins, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me.” Here Luke […]

The Marks of a True Christian

by St. Anastasius the Sinaite St. Anastasius was a priest and abbot of Mt. Sinai. His zeal for true faith led him to travel through Egypt, Arabia, and Syria to combat the errors of the Acephalites and Eutychians. His writings show not only a thorough command of Holy Scripture and a wide knowledge of the […]