Again at the Inn

by Fr. John A. Peck Exodus 4:24-26 There is a powerful allegory happening here. So, let’s look at the scene. The Angel of the Lord appears at an Inn, specifically bringing death to his servant Moses (whom, by the way, He has just sent to proclaim His Word to Pharaoh). The implication here is that unless […]

Adam, Ralph, Moses and Man

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Essential to the idea of the Incarnation is what Anscar Vonier called “the assumption that to God mankind is a unity far beyond anything we can conceive.” I will argue, in these reflections, that this unity is biological, psychological, and historical. With respect to biology, perhaps some attention should be […]

The Best Intercessor in the Bible

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Arguably the most notable intercessor in the Hebrew Bible is Moses. Gregory the Dialoguist, in a letter to Augustine of Canterbury (shortly after the arrival of the Roman missionaries to England), wrote at length of this ministry of Moses. The text must be abbreviated to its most salient points: “Further, […]

The Root Of The Word “Hebrew”

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Book of Joshua is introduced in a decisive—not to say, abrupt—-fashion: “It came to pass, after the death of Moses, the Lord’s servant, that the Lord spoke to Joshua ben-Nun, Moses’ deputy, saying, ‘Moses My servant is dead. Now, then, rise up, cross over this Jordan, you and all […]

The Sin Of Murmuring

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Among the evils associated with the sin of murmuring (arguably the vice most often condemned in Holy Scripture), first place probably goes to the disposition of murmurers to feed the grievances of one another. Fred and Ralph, for example, may entertain very different grievances against George. Perhaps Fred thinks George […]

Homily On The Meekness Of Moses

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3). A chosen man, a great wonderworker, a type of the Lord Jesus Christ in his miracles, a victor in Egypt, a victor in the wilderness, the leader of a people […]

Transfiguration, Law and Grace

by St. Leo the Great The Lord reveals his glory in the presence of chosen witnesses. His body is like that of the rest of mankind, but he makes it shine with such splendor that his face becomes like the sun in glory, and his garments as white as snow. The great reason for this […]

Contrasting Aaron To Moses

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Senior Editor of Touchstone Magazine, and archpriest of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, IL, Fr. Patrick is, perhaps, the most erudite writer in the Orthodox Church in North America today. This article, one of his Pastoral Ponderings, was published by Orthodoxtoday.org. Two parallel scenes in the Pentateuch indicate the […]