The Holy Innocents

Today (Dec. 28th/29th) the Church recognizes the deaths of the Holy Innocents who died in the place of the Christ child in Bethlehem at the order of Herod and recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. These innocent boy children are thus understood as the first martyrs in the Church. The historic validity of this event... Continue Reading →

Holy, Hidden, Father

I've written elsewhere about Jesus as "son of the carpenter" (Mt. 13:55).  This short statement from the gospel can be understood in terms of Christ's unique filial relationship to both God the Heavenly Father, and divine architect of the universe; and St Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary, the human provider and protector of Jesus... Continue Reading →

The Carpenter’s Son

"Isn't this the carpenter's son?" (Mt. 13:55). How many times have we heard this phrase from the Gospel? And we might have been tempted to hear it merely as a mundane description used by Jesus's enemies.  The word in Greek, tekton, however, can be translated anywhere from "builder," "workman," and more exactly "carpenter" or "craftsman... Continue Reading →

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