The Interpretive Lens Of Redemption

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Since the theology of Redemption takes its rise from the Gospel itself, it is reasonable to start with the Gospel in order to discern its direction, method, structure, and content. The Apostle Paul indicated this approach when he described his initial message to the Corinthians: “I delivered to you-as of […]

The Lost Heroine Of The Old Testament: Part 3

Susannah, Jesus & the Church Part Three of this series shows precisely why young Christians today should ALL know the story of Susannah. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon But if Susannah is to be likened to the unjustly accused Joseph, how much more to Jesus in the context of His passion. Both Jesus and Susannah […]

The Man of the Hour & The Cup of Destiny

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In John’s Gospel the freedom of Jesus, with respect to his death, is truly thematic; no one has power over Jesus. We observe, for instance, John’s surprising description of his arrest, in which he appears in majesty and with full command: “Then Judas, having received a military detachment and officers […]

The Life Is In The Blood

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In all three Synoptic Gospels the chief link between the Savior’s baptism and his Transfiguration is found in the Father’s identification of Jesus as His “beloved Son.” Only in Luke, however, does picture of Jesus at prayer join the two scenes. Here we will reflect on Luke’s portrayal of the […]

Elijah, Elisha, Jesus and Luke

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Unique to the Gospel of St. Luke is his distinctive pairing of two particular miracle stories: the healing of the centurion’s sick servant (Luke 7:1-10) and the raising of the widow’s dead son (7:11-17). Before considering Luke’s intent in this juxtaposition, a comment on each story may be in order. […]

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 […]

The Face In The Mirror

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Docetism, one of the earliest Christological heresies, derived its name from the Greek verb dokein—to “seem.” This name was descriptive: It indicated the teaching that God’s Son only “seemed” to be a human being. His presence on the earth, though real in itself, was conveyed by way of a revelatory […]

Resurrection: Bare Fact or Theological Revelation?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The permanence of the soul, its continued life after death, was not in contention among the early Christians. Indeed, thanks in part to Plato, some form of belief in a spiritual afterlife was quite in fashion in the Greco-Roman culture where the Apostles proclaimed the Gospel. The Apostle Paul, for […]