Jesus of the Housetops

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If we reflected on it more closely, perhaps we would observe something curious, even surprising, in the Gospel stories about Jesus after his Resurrection; namely, what I venture to call a quality of restraint. Except for the wounds in his flesh (Luke; John), the risen Savior appears to his disciples […]

The Centurions’ Intercessors

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon 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 consist of the explicit teachings of Jesus, with no attention to events in his life. Those shared sections convey, for instance, the sort […]

Farewell to the Rapture

by N. T. Wright   Little did Paul know how his colorful metaphors for Jesus’ second coming would be misunderstood two millennia later. The American obsession with the second coming of Jesus — especially with distorted interpretations of it — continues unabated.  Seen from my side of the Atlantic, the phenomenal success of the Left Behind books appears […]

Jesus and the Psalms

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In my next book which I (along with my publisher) hope will be finished soon, I will argue that Jesus learned the meaning of the biblical prophecies in his life of prayerful intimacy with the Father. The prayer of Christ is inseparable from the being of Christ. In the mind […]

Tomb & Temple

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The death of Jesus was no mere appearance; he really died. His soul and body were truly rent asunder. “Jesus cried out again with a loud voice,” wrote Matthew, “and yielded up his spirit” (28:50). It is proper to say, moreover, that Jesus’ body and his soul went in different […]

What Happened To Jesus’ Soul?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Holy Saturday bears two aspects with respect to Jesus, corresponding to the two “places” in which he is to be found. The earthly aspect the day is visible, at least in the sense that Jesus’ immolated body now lies in the tomb. There is also an invisible aspect, inasmuch as […]

Why The Eternal Word Was Baptized

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon From the traditional accounts of Jesus’ Baptism, the Gospel of John preserves only one detail: the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus in the likeness of a dove. This detail is preserved, moreover, not directly in narrative itself, but in a quotation from John the Baptist: “I saw the […]

What Year Was Jesus Born? The Answer May Surprise You!

by Jimmy Akin You might think that Jesus was born in the Year Zero–between 1 B.C. and A.D. 1. You often hear that Jesus was born around 6-7 B.C. The evidence from the Bible and the Church Fathers, however, support a different year. Here’s what the evidence says . . . Not in Year Zero […]