As I mentioned last week, in dealing with Jesus' post-resurrection appearances, it's essential to remember the distinction between the historical Jesus and the risen Jesus. His resurrection wasn't a resuscitation. Many of us falsely believe that the person who came out of the tomb on Easter... more
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Those of us who treat Jesus' resurrection as simply an historical event that put God's seal of approval on his ministry and teachings probably don't understand the significance of today's celebration.
It's easy to confuse resurrection with resuscitation. In the latter, we presume someone... more
Tonight's second Deutero-Isaiah pericope (our vigil's fifth reading) is one of the most significant passages in Scripture. The prophet treats something that confronts those who seriously try to relate to God in their everyday lives: God's simultaneous immanence and transcendence and the power of... more
One of the obstacles to understanding the true significance of tonight's celebration revolves around our Catholic belief in Jesus' "generic" presence in the Blessed Sacrament. We presume the only thing necessary for Jesus to become present in the Eucharistic bread and wine is for a properly... more
The late Carroll Stuhlmueller always stressed that the best biblical definition of a follower of God is contained in today's first reading. Reflecting on his prophetic ministry in his third Song of the Suffering Servant, Deutero-Isaiah mentions, "Morning after morning Yahweh opens my ear that I... more
Students of Scripture always point out that John has no miracles in his gospel; he only has "signs." Already in chapter 2, at the wedding reception in Cana of Galilee, the evangelist mentions that Jesus performed "the first of his signs" to save a newly married from embarrassment. John never... more