In preparing for today's liturgy, it would be very helpful to glance through the section on Jesus' Presentation in Raymond Brown's classic book, The Birth of the Messiah. One will quickly notice the late Scripture scholar spends a lot of time separating the theology Luke is actually trying to... more
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I can't imagine the nightmare it would be for Paul of Tarsus to walk down any of our large American cities and calculate the number of diverse Christian churches per square mile. Just as Back to the Future's Marty McFly loses it when anyone calls him "Chicken!", so the Apostle becomes greatly... more
It's impossible to understand today's first reading without restoring verse 4 to the passage. Though convinced he's Yahweh's prophet, Deutero-Isaiah is just as convinced he's failed in the mission Yahweh's given him to accomplish. "I thought," the prophet reflects, "I had toiled in vain, and for... more
Though it certainly created problems for the gospel churches, the first three evangelists still insisted on narrating an account of Jesus' baptism.
The reason for the problem revolved around the fact that many followers of John the Baptizer never accepted Jesus as the Messiah. They... more