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The Sign of Jonah

Wednesday, the Gospel at Mass was from Luke 11:29-32, in which Jesus speaks of the cryptic “Sign of Jonah”: While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign […]

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How to Use (and Not Use) Biblical Genealogies

How to Use Biblical Genealogies Biblical genealogies serve a lot of helpful purposes.  First, they show everyone’s connection to everyone else. Understanding who’s who, and how they’re related to those around them is vital just to get what’s going on. Second, they often have important Christological purposes.  For example, Matthew and Luke follow different parts […]

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An Awesome Resource for Understanding Scripture

Do you find yourself struggling with specific passages of the Gospels, and wondering how to understand them?  Perhaps you wonder how Matthew 24 should be understood, for example.  One of the most surefire ways of getting the interpretation right is to look at how centuries of early Christians understood the passage.  But poring through hundreds […]

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Why Didn’t Jesus Heal More People During His Ministry?

Today’s Gospel is interesting.  It’s Luke 5:12-16, and there’s a fascinating contrast: It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, […]

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