Mary of Bethany’s Secret Plan

Mary of Bethany was a clever girl. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Notable among the friends of Jesus was that family in Bethany, of which St. John wrote, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” (John 11:5). Although Luke told a story account Martha and her sister, Mary (Luke 10:38-42), almost all of […]

“Lord, Why Can I Not Follow You Now?”: Why Peter Had To Wait

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Saint John’s early affirmation, “The Word became flesh,” is both the thesis of his whole gospel and the interpretive principle for understanding its sundry parts. This one verse affirms that everything expressed in the divine Word took on a fleshly, human form. In the stories recounted by John, we ponder […]

When A Man Is Distant From God and Then Prays

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In His instruction on prayer, Jesus tells us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be […]

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 […]

What Did The Jews Identify the Gospel With? Part Two

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is reasonable, I suppose—or at least natural—for modern students of religion to wonder how the earliest Christians, all them Jews, were able to reconcile their belief in the divinity of Christ with the monotheism enshrined in Israel’s Sh’ma’. Indeed, historians of Christian thought have devoted many studies to that […]

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. […]

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 […]

The Divine Plan: The Simple Elegance of Creation and Freedom

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Let us make man in Our Image, suggested He-Who-Is. We are under no constraint to do so, obviously, but We will do it anyway. It will be an exercise in freedom. The entire enterprise would be rather pointless, moreover, unless We give man the capacity for freedom. Man’s attainment of […]