Doxology: A Reflection on the Book of Revelation

The Book of Revelation opens, “The revelation of Jesus Christ.” From the outset the book claims, straightforwardly enough, to be about the revelation of Jesus Christ. And as a revelation it involves the “re-veiling” or removal of a veil, the uncovering of veiled or hidden things. The revelation of Jesus Christ is his unveiling. It […]

Ephrem the Syrian on Virginity

In his Hymns on Virginity, Ephrem does more than write about not having sex. He also discusses seemingly tangential things like anointing oil, interpretation of Scripture, the natural world, Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Church. And it’s not like he weaves them into his reflections on virginity with the kind of subtlety that only careful […]

Unlimited: A Reflection on the Gospel of Luke

I expect to love Jesus. And I expect Jesus to love me. I want to be near Jesus. And I want Jesus to want to be near me. Yet when I encounter the apostles and they lead me to Jesus, I pause. I pause and I stop because Jesus looks different when he’s surrounded by […]