Preserving the Faith

Reflections on the Sunday Readings

By Thaddaeus

Messengers from John the Baptist

Immediately after John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan, the same spirit that descends upon him in baptism drives Jesus out into the wilderness where he is tempted for forty days. Upon his return, Jesus begins preaching repentance for the forgiveness of sins…

The Preaching of John the Baptist

Around 29 A.D., the word of God comes to John in the wilderness and he begins preaching baptism for the forgiveness of sins. The ancient Essenes practice baptism as a means of repentance. The ancestors of the Blessed Virgin are Essene. John’s father is…

Be on the Alert

The first Sunday of Advent is the beginning of the new three-year liturgical cycle – Cycle C, where the majority of Ordinary Sunday readings are from the Gospel of St. Matthew, the Apostle. Matthew is depict as a former tax collector, but that is the…

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The story begins with Herod the Great, who from last week’s reading rebuilds the Temple in order to gain favor with his Jewish subjects. He is the same Herod who orders the killing of all male children who are two years old or under after being outwitted…

The Destruction of the Temple Foretold

King David most wants to build a Temple for Yahweh, but by divine edict of the prophet Nathan, God forbids it. David is a man of war, who has shed much blood. The first Temple is to be constructed by a man of peace, his son Solomon. It is called the…

The Question About the Resurrection

The levirate marriage law of Deuteronomy mandates the brother of a man who dies without children to marry the widow and produce offspring. This has as much to do with property rights as with care for the widow. In ancient Israel families live together.…
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