When asked, “What was Jesus’ first miracle?” most of us respond, “Changing water into wine at Cana in Galilee.” That’s correct if we’re dealing with John’s gospel; but wrong if we’re talking about the other three. Since those who originally read gospels already believed in Jesus’ divinity,... more
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Those who read Jonah incorrectly have a problem with Jonah. Those who read Jonah correctly have a problem with Yahweh. Many falsely think Jonah was sent by Yahweh to preach repentance to the Ninevites, then becomes angry when they do repent and are saved. Actually, Yahweh gives the prophet a... more
The key line in today’s three readings is the editorial comment in our I Samuel pericope, “At that time Samuel was not familiar with Yahweh... “His lack of familiarity causes the young boy to confuse Yahweh’s voice with Eli’s, resulting in a biblical Abbot and Costello routine. Since almost... more
Mark, Matthew and Luke narrate Jesus’ baptism differently. (John, the Evangelist, doesn’t even refer to the event.) Part of the differences (or omission) can be explained by eventual tensions between Jesus’ followers and those of John the Baptizer. But Mark mentions something unique,... more