Living Tabernacles

Russian icon of the Crucifixion by Dionysius, ca. 1500, Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow

Why did the Son of God die on the Cross?

Many theories of atonement have been proposed since the early Church, but none of them are definitive. The Catechism of the Catholic Church simply states that the crucifixion is “part of the mystery of God’s plan” (599). … Read the rest

New Wine into Fresh Wineskins

13th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)

Amos 9:11-15; Matthew 9:14-17

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus and the Twelve must have appeared to the mourning disciples of the beheaded John the Baptist as a spiritually undisciplined band.… Read the rest

The New (Old) Law

Icon of Cain and Abel

10th week in Ordinary Time, Thursday

Matthew 5:20-26

Is Jesus’ New Law easier or harder? Has the Old Law been “reduced” to love of God and love of neighbor?

The Old Law said, “You shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17; 16:18).… Read the rest