The True Light Enlightens Everyone

God’s logos enlightens Justin Martyr In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2; The Word, Greek: logos) Citations to Sacred Scripture come from New American Bible, Revised Edition. Other citations, unless so noted, come from St. Justin Martyr, The First and Second Apologies, translated with introduction and notes by Leslie William Barnard, Paulist Press, 1997. Saint Justin Martyr, a mid-second-century Church Father, was martyred between 162 and 167 C.E. A Samaritan, Justin was born at Flavia Neapolis, near what was the ancient…

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The Wheat of God

Bread of Christ   I am the wheat of God and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of Christ. Ignatius of Antioch, circa A.D. 107 The Lord’s Supper, a Protestant Sacrament I had never belonged to a church where the bread of communion is really “the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Rather, the Lord’s Supper was a memorial. Or a symbol. Or a picture. In my Baptist and Presbyterian worlds, we learned: The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking…

Myth became fact

Shall you gallop with the King?      Yes, in joy you shall go forth, in peace you shall be brought home; Mountains and hills shall break out in song before you, all trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12 (NAB)      And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NAB)   The pages of Sacred Scripture rustle with hints and wonders, even outright promises, that one day this fallen world will be…

All Roads Lead To Rome

Backroads in the Bible Belt The early years “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3, KJV). Sitting on my dad’s bed, reading the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 14 with him, is one of my earliest memories. Even…