I’d like to change gears and, rather than consider a passage in scripture, consider the topic of baptism in Scripture.   The Easter cycle got me thinking about the difference between “baptism in spirit” and common baptism, by water.  I then found that before I even entertained the matter of baptism in spirit, I needed to […]

Lo, I will come like a thief!  Yes, we all know that this is a biblical turn-of-phrase. But what exactly does it mean, and in what context is this language used in the bible? In the Old Testament, the term “thief” [κλέπτης] is used in derogatory fashion.  a passage from Zechariah 5:1-4 is instructive: Again […]

I generally do not get fired up when I read a papal homily or speech, but I was fascinated by the Holy Father’s address on Mary, which he gave to the bishop’s synod.   in the address, Pope Benedict explains why the Church refers to Mary the mother of Jesus as “Mother of God” and […]

    Paul’s commentary in his letter to the Ephesians, chapter 5:21-33, can be baffling to the lay reader, because Paul cannot seem to make up his mind as to which is the actual object and which is the analogy in his commentary on marriage, Christ and the Church.  It is a famous example of Paul’s […]