How Intercessory Prayer Works in Christ According to the Bible

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Does the Bible tell us to go ‘directly to Jesus’, or is there something else it reveals about Christian intercessory prayer? Among those sections that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, independent of Mark, have in common, almost all are directly didactic. That is to say, those sections almost invariably […]

The Sole Forum Where Creation Can Examine Itself

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The thinking man, if he wants his thought about freedom to be complete, must also reflect—on the basis of his own experience—that freedom is inseparable from consciousness and the conscious experience of pursuing and discerning truth. If freedom is really free, it must be part of self-reflective thought, or logos; […]

Jesus, Gentiles, and the Hour of Glory

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon What have Gentiles to do with Jesus’ Hour of Glory? The third dominical prophecy in which John employs the verb hypsoo is found in the discourse that follows the inquiry of the Greeks who wished to see Jesus: “And I, if I am lifted up (hypsotho) from the earth, will […]

The Lord Commanded…

Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the Gospel should earn their living by the Gospel.  – 1 Corinthians 9:14 […]

What the Apostle Paul Learned When He Joined the Church

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Several decades ago, when our family was still Episcopalian, a new parishioner remarked that I seemed to have a “high Christology.” Responding to my comment that I had no idea what he was talking about, he explained that a high Christology believes in Jesus’ pre-existence as God’s Son. A “low […]

The Lenten Question

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If there is a single question most appropriate to the approach of Lent, I suggest it is the query “What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” This […]

A Little About Hebrews 12:2

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 […]

Did He Stay or Did He Go?

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 […]