Luke seems to be the first Christian author to presume he and his readers will all die a natural death before Jesus returns in the Parousia. This delayed Second Coming forced one of the two basic changes which took place in Christianity's first century. Jesus' second and third generation... more
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I once was asked to preside at a Catholic school Eucharist that revolved around the theme of Christ the King. Taking nothing for granted, I began my homily by asking the students what they thought of when they heard the word king. Was I surprised!
If our main source of Christian apocalyptic is the book of Revelation, we might not understand the message Mark is conveying in today's gospel pericope. We're liable to read something into it which isn't there.
Though Revelation also describes the "last days," it does so in the... more
Today's gospel passage is one of the most misunderstood in all of Scripture.
Rarely does a Christian institution embark on a fund raising project without someone in charge bringing up the widow who "from her poverty, contributed all she had, her whole livelihood" to the Jerusalem... more