During my final Licentiate exam 47 years ago, I started sweating when my Gregorian University professor (and world's expert on Jesus' divinity) Bernard Lonergan pushed a copy of the Christian Scriptures across the table and asked me to prove Jesus is God from one of the three Agony in the Garden... more
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It's important to note that John has arranged his gospel in such a way that today's pericope comes immediately before Jesus' last supper. These are his final words before his passion/resurrection. This seems to be why the evangelist puts this well-known statement on his lips: "Unless a grain of... more
The author of II Chronicles makes certain his readers know why the Chosen People had to go through the horrors the 6th century BCE destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile. "Early and often did Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, send his messengers to them, for he had compassion on his... more
Unless we understand the biblical concept of "covenant" we'll only skim the surface of today's readings.
A covenant is an agreement - a formal contract - between at least two parties. Each party has specific responsibilities; each has rewards. It's a classic "quid pro quo:" you give... more