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Breath of the Spirit

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Scholars frequently point out that the vocabulary in the second half of today's Marcan gospel pericope is found in just one other place: Jesus' agony in the garden. We'll see there's a good reason for this.

Mark continues to give us a glimpse of Jesus' first full day of public... more

Were I to ask, "What was Jesus' first miracle?" the vast majority of people would probably answer, "Turning water into wine at the Cana wedding reception." That's correct - if you're in John's gospel. But it's the wrong answer if you're reading the other three.

Students of Scripture... more

It's clear from today's I Corinthians passage that, in many ways, early Christians felt they were called to turn the world upside-down. Paul couldn't express their conviction better. "From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not... more

Both today and next week's first and third readings contain one of Scripture's most important pieces of literature: call narratives. Since Scripture's original readers were convinced they were especially called by God, these narratives were intended to provide them with some insight into the... more

There's a reason Matthew narrates the story of the magi. He's the only evangelist to write for a Jewish/Christian community. The other three direct their gospels to Gentile/Christian churches. Most sacred authors gently try to expand the faith of their readers; in today's gospel, Matthew employs... more

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