Mar 26, 2020
Jesus, like all Jewish men, was obliged to travel to Jerusalem at least three times a year, and probably often went more often. The most popular route led through Perea, on the east bank of the Jordan river, across to Jericho, and then 18 miles uphill through the Judean Desert.
Mar 23, 2020
The gospel story of the raising of Lazarus found in John 11 shows us why Jesus can love some friends and disciples more than others, why death is not natural and beautiful, the difference between resurrection and resuscitation, and the deeper meaning of Jesus' miracles or "signs" as they are called in the John's gospel.
Mar 18, 2020
In this 5 minute listen, Dr. Italy describes the wilderness, the Mount of Temptation on which tradition says Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the town of Jericho, an oasis in the desert.
Mar 17, 2020
The gospel story of the healing of the man born blind is notable for the method Jesus used to work this miracle - he made mud with spittle and clay and rubbed it on the man's eyes. This is a figure of the sacraments in which the Lion of Judah communicates his healing power through earthy realities like water, oil, wine...
Mar 11, 2020
In them, we recognize ourselves. For many of us, then, Lent is time for the spiritual equivalent of New Year’s resolutions. We set aside forty days to work on ourselves so we don’t end up wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years. We do things to burn off the excess fat that’s weighing us down, try to...