Though we're separated by thousands of years, the sacred authors and I share a common problem. How do we begin our writings? I often spend more time developing my opening paragraph than I do on the rest of the commentary. Those first lines not only set the theme for the article, they must also... more
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It's easy for us to overlook one of the most important lines in today's three readings. Paul reminds his Corinthian community, "... You are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ."
The Apostle presumes his readers understand what he... more
Church historians and Scripture scholars always smiled when they heard Fr. Andy Greeley discuss present church structure with a representative of the institution. When the latter invariably threw out the statement, "The church isn't a democracy!" Greeley simply responded, "Well, it used to be.... more
The earliest followers of Jesus eventually discovered they had to answer an important question. What did he expect them to do while they waited for him to return?
It's clear from today's I Thessalonians passage that they thought his Parousia would take place very soon. One of the... more
One of the most difficult things for new Scripture students to accept is that some of what most Christians believe today wasn't believed by some of the faith communities for whom our sacred authors wrote. Today's I Thessalonians passage provides a classic example.
Already in my... more