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The “messianic secret” is a big thing in Mark’s gospel.

Even the most liberal Scripture scholars – convinced we can know almost nothing about the historical Jesus – admit there’s one thing about this early first century CE Palestinian carpenter that we do know for certain: he was a law-breaker.

One of the most fascinating aspects of studying Scripture critically is discovering the different theologies this collection of writings offers. Some of these theologies eventually made it into our catechisms; others are still there for the taking.

There are Scripture scholars today who believe the author of this part of John’s gospel was influenced by the Greek philosopher Plato. Living over three hundred years before Jesus’ birth, this famous thinker developed a fascinating analogy to explain how we live our lives. We’re chained in a cave,... more

Last week I stressed the need for strength and determination in following God for a lifetime. I especially reflected on the evangelist John’s belief that the Eucharist is a major force in our maintaining that strength and determination.

Our faith comprises more than just the unique moment in which we make a conscious decision to imitate Jesus’ dying and rising. We actually have to carry through on that choice for the rest of our lives.

Only one of Jesus’ miracles is included in all four gospels: his extraordinary feeding of a huge crowd of people. It’s narrated six times! Yet, as Scripture scholars constantly remind us, two (or more) evangelists can include the same passage in their works, yet use it to convey completely... more

We can never forget that the bible is a self-critical book. Though we frequently use its writings as ammunition to cut down other faiths or denominations, our sacred authors almost always took stylus to papyrus in order to critique the way in which their own faith was being lived or abused by the... more

Listening to today’s three readings, there’s no doubt God has especially called us.

Today’s II Corinthians passage contains two of the most significant statements in all of Christian literature: “power is made perfect in weakness,” and “when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Today’s Wisdom pericope is one of the most important in Scripture. Among other things, it answers a question which has bugged scholars for centuries: what triggered Pharisees, about a hundred years before the birth of Jesus, to start believing in an afterlife?

The summer before I left to study theology in Rome one of the older Sisters who did domestic chores in the hospital in which I worked gave me one of the most meaningful gifts I’ve ever received. It was a funeral home calendar picture of the scene depicted in today’s gospel: Jesus calming the storm... more

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