Renowned christologist Fr. Pat Gaffney once mentioned a conversion he had with his deaf and mute mother shortly before she died. Something he said triggered a brow twisting question. "Are you saying Jesus was a Jew?" she signed. Pat immediately signed back, "Of course, mother, he was a Jew." His... more
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Today Mark concludes his three ways of dying with Jesus with one of the meaningful narratives of his gospel: the cure of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar.
He began his teaching on how we're to die with Jesus back in chapter 8, stressing the death which comes from being totally open to... more
Today we hear Mark's third, most painful way in which we're to die with Jesus.
Following the three-fold pattern of prediction-misunderstanding-clarification which he introduced in chapters 8 and 9, the evangelist begins his narrative with Jesus' foretelling the passion, death and... more
Those who claim Jesus of Nazareth primarily came on earth to get us into heaven must deal with today's gospel pericope.
The man asks Jesus a simple question: "What do I have to do to get into heaven?"
Jesus responds just as simply: "Keep the commandments."
It's evident to serious students of Scripture that politicians who promise to return our country to "biblical family values" have never read the Bible. Biblical morality is moving, not static. It constantly changes. What's permitted in one century can be forbidden in the next - even when it... more