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Tag: Men of the Bible

Things Are Often Not as They Seem – A Lesson from the Life of Moses

July 15, 2015 5 Comments
Things Are Often Not as They Seem – A Lesson from the Life of Moses

We are currently reading the story of Moses in daily Mass. The story reminds us that not all things are as they appear, and that God’s ways are not our ways. Moses’ early years are marked with clear signs that he is gifted and chosen. Drawn from the water by Pharaoh’s own daughter, Moses’ very […]

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Patriarchs Are People Too – A Reflection on the Fact That the Bible Speaks Frankly About the Faults of Our Heroes

July 9, 2015 20 Comments
Patriarchs Are People Too – A Reflection on the Fact That the Bible Speaks Frankly About the Faults of Our Heroes

Over the years, I have written a number of articles on the men of the Bible: many of the patriarchs of the Old Testament such as Abraham, Moses, David, Eli, and most recently, Lot and Jacob. Likewise, I’ve written on Peter and Paul, and on John the Baptist. I find the biblical portraits of these […]

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A Battle You Can’t Afford to Win – The Story of Jacob’s Conversion

July 6, 2015 10 Comments
A Battle You Can’t Afford to Win – The Story of Jacob’s Conversion

One of God’s stranger affections in the Old Testament is the special love He had for Jacob. We are currently reading this story in daily Mass. The name Jacob, according to some, means “grabber” or “usurper.” Even in the womb, he strove and wrestled with his twin brother Esau. And although Esau was born first, […]

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If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall thy hand lead me. A Meditation on the Story of Jonah.

January 25, 2015 4 Comments
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall thy hand lead me.  A Meditation on the Story of Jonah.

As a followup to yesterday’s (Sunday 3rd Week) reference to Jonah the Prophet, I would like to sketch a fuller portrait of his life. Yesterday’s reading dropped us into the middle of the story. Let’s look at the backstory and see how the Lord does not give up on Jonah, nor on the people whom He has sent Jonah to deliver. […]

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The Rise and Fall of a Prophet. And a warning for us.

December 17, 2013 15 Comments
The Rise and Fall of a Prophet. And a warning for us.

He is one of the more curious figures of the Bible, The details of his life and story are caught up in textual complexities in the book of Numbers. Though a prophet, he was not even an Israelite, he wrote no book and is not numbered among Israel’s prophets. And yet a prophet he was, […]

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A Meditation on Sin’s Effects and God’s Mercy in the Story of Jonah

October 7, 2013 15 Comments
A Meditation on Sin’s Effects and God’s Mercy in the Story of Jonah

In daily Mass these next few days we are reading from the Book of the Prophet Jonah. Of all the prophets Jonah is perhaps the most reluctant, and his struggle with sin is not hidden. In the passage from Monday’s reading we see something of a portrait on sin and also the love of God […]

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King David – A Great King, but with a critical flaw that is all too common today.

July 9, 2013 11 Comments
King David – A Great King, but with a critical flaw that is all too common today.

Today in the Divine Office we read of the tragic loss of Absalom, the Son of King David. And yet it remains true that too many of our own children today are lost, if not in death, surely in many other social ills and a lack of faith. What went wrong with Absalom and How […]

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A Battle You Cannot Afford to Win – The Remarkable Story of Jacob’s Conversion

June 4, 2013 21 Comments
A Battle You Cannot Afford to Win – The Remarkable Story of Jacob’s Conversion

One of the stranger affections of God in the Old Testament is the special love that God had for Jacob. His name, according to some means “grabber” or “usurper”. Even in the womb he strove and wrestled with his twin brother Esau. And though Esau made it out first, Jacob came forth grabbing his brother’s […]

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