It's ironic that every third year, the gospel on the feast of the Holy Family is one of those rare infancy narrative passages which presumes neither Joseph or Mary was privy to a special annunciation, explaining just who their son really was. As the late Raymond Brown mentions in his classic... more
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As we listen to this morning's first and second readings we're reminded that no Christian feast "eisegetes" Scripture more than Christmas. Passages which originally had one meaning are twisted around and given an interpretation which their original authors never intended.
Was Jesus of Nazareth actually born in Bethlehem? Or is that just a theological way for Matthew and Luke to convey their belief that he was the Messiah?
Although a majority of Scripture scholars still believe in the geographical accuracy of the gospel accounts, a significant... more
One should be careful in reading today's Zephaniah passage. Certainly one of the most "joyful" oracles in the entire bible. But when it's returned to its original historical context, it isn't everything it appears to be.
Zephaniah ministers in the last part of the seventh century... more
Centuries before Charles Darwin boarded the Beagle, Paul of Tarsus knew about evolution; not the kind Darwin discovered in the Galapagos Islands, but the type of evolution with which every Christian has always been familiar.
Being a disciple of Jesus isn't a static experience. It's... more