Jesus’ Birth and When Herod the Great *Really* Died

by Jimmy Akin The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus Christ was born in the final years of the tyrant known as Herod the Great. He tells us that when Jesus was born, Herod panicked and had all the baby boys in Bethlehem killed. Fortunately, the Holy Family escaped to Egypt and remained there […]

Jesus and Joseph: Their Shared Concern

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Each year the Church’s Lenten reading of Genesis reaches its climax, just on the verge of Holy Week, with the story of Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers. The liturgical chants relevant to that story suggest why: the story of Joseph is taken as a prefiguring analogue, or typos, of the […]

The Morally Compelling Discernment of God’s Diachronic, Covenantal Plan

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon How should we understand the necessity (the dei—Mark 8:31) of Christ’s suffering and death? We should begin, I believe, simply by inquiring how we actually know of this necessity. We commence with the fact that this “must” is known to us only through Jesus. Theology has no access to it […]

On Asking The Wrong Question

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the Gospel narratives the freedom of Jesus is tested in his assessment of a “must” (dei). We know, for instance, that Jesus “began to teach them that the Son of Man must (dei) suffer many things” (Mark 68:31). In what did that must consist? Was it a physical necessity? […]

No Old Testament, No Christian Theology

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Understanding Salvation to consist in the union of human beings with God, the Church, rather early in the history of Sacred Theology, perceived (and went on, in her conciliar determinations, to define) an intimate connection between the truth of Salvation and the truth of the Incarnation. Briefly stated, this means […]

The Revelation To Simon Johnson

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon On many occasions in recent years, I have argued that all theological reflection begins with, and must be rooted in, the identity of Jesus. In making this point, however, I do not mean that theology is simply reflection on a revealed proposition objectively known. On the contrary, I contend that […]

Jesus, Jail and Jury Duty

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon I have never served on a jury. Nor, if I trust memory, have I ever published very widely the reasons for this. The immediate reason is that I have invariably found some way to be excused from that duty without making a big deal of it. When, for instance, I […]

Proportion & Measurement in Exegesis

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Essential to a Christian understanding of Sacred Scripture is the principle of analogia. That is to say, a perception of proportion and measurement is at the heart of the exegetical and theological enterprise because of the unity, coherence, and integrity of God’s Word through Creation and Salvation History. In Jesus’ […]