A Body Thou Hast Prepared

With the Advent season underway I thought it would be nice to begin a few reflections in preparation for the Nativity of Christ. I've been thinking a lot lately about the metaphysical questions surrounding Christianity, especially in relation to the other "major world religions." I've also just been listening to Handel's Messiah and so my... 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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