Category Archives: From Our Parochial Vicar

Farewell Discourse

Our gospel is part of Jesus Farewell Discourse, a literary form common in the ancient world in which a great figure gives a final speech to those who are close to him: for example, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Tobit, Noah, Abraham, Rebecca, Enoch, Ezra, and Baruch. The great figure tells of his impending death…
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Peter to be the shepherd of his flock

In our gospel, the risen Jesus commissions the apostle Peter to be the shepherd of his flock, the one Church. Peter, who once denied his Lord, now redeems himself with his answers to the three questions of Jesus: “Peter do you love me?” “Yes, Lord, I do,” says Peter; three times Jesus asks, three times…
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Christ is risen!

The resurrection is the reviving of a dead person to life again. Several persons that are raised from the dead in the Bible teaches that all persons are destined to experience resurrection, but the just will take part in the resurrection of life while the unjust will rise to the resurrection of judgment. In the…
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Stoning

Stoning was the most common method of execution in ancient Israel; it was applied for such serious crimes as idolatry, blasphemy, apostasy, sorcery, violations of the Sabbath, child sacrifice, rebellion against one’s parents, and adultery. The condemned person was taken outside the camp or town, and the first stones were cast by the witnesses to…
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