Preaching Without A Bible

by Fr. Joseph Gleason Imagine that you are a preacher. God himself has called you to be a preacher, and He has put many people under your care. It is your job to teach them the “three Gs” . . . 1) Who is God? 2) What has God done? 3) What does God require? […]

The Undeniably Eloquent Prophet Amos

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Most of us are so accustomed to finding the prophetic books included in the Bible that it is perhaps difficult to appreciate the significance of their inclusion. Although the Israelites seem always to have had their prophets—Nathan, Elijah, and so on—literary works of prophecy did not make their appearance until […]

Hebraica Veritas

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon During the past decade or so there has been a renewed interest in what we may call a philosophical reading of the Bible. By this I mean the reflective study of Holy Scripture, not necessarily as God’s revelatory Word, but as a philosophical resource, an ancient expression of inherited wisdom. […]

Just Another Saul

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Bible does not explain why the name of Saul, the early persecutor of Christians, was changed to Paul, but also the Bible does not discourage speculation on the point. Undiscouraged, then, let us speculate. A modern view speculates that the man in question had two names all along; he […]

On Consecrating the Entire Economic Order

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon St. Luke’s account of Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree (19:1-10) is a story rich in spiritual reflection; preachers and Bible-readers, coming from a variety of backgrounds, have explored the narrative unto great profit for the education of the soul. A certain liturgical use of the text is particularly instructive; namely, […]

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 […]

Casting Out Christians

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the Gospel of St. Luke, the last of his “four beatitudes” includes a detail not found in the parallel place in St. Matthew; it is a reference to those who “revile and cast out your name as evil’ (Luke 6:22). Our understanding of this reference should begin, I think, […]

How the Scriptures Became the Scriptures

by Fr. Stephen Freeman How did the Scriptures become the Scriptures? In particular, how did early Christians decide which books would be included in the Scriptures and which books would not – for there were far more writings of the time that were set aside than those that were accepted as being Scripture? Interestingly, the […]