In Defense of the Sabbath – and the Pharisees

One of the many mysteries in the New Testament is the reaction of the Pharisees, when Jesus of Nazareth restores a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath. This was in the first year of his miracle-packed ministry in Galilee, but he had already g … [Read more...]

The Holy Land

Spending the Christmas season in the Holy Land has made me much more sensitive to how communities are “ringing in” the New Year. As the date turned from 2014 to 2015, two very different calls for solidarity made the news. On the one hand, J … [Read more...]

Why the Jews Are Not the Enemies of the Church

It is not true, in any sense, that the Jews are the enemies of the Church, and the characterization of them as enemies... (is) unjust. It is worthwhile explaining why this is so, because (it was) once widely held, and is still found in some … [Read more...]