Our weekday first readings are from the Letter to the Colossians. Brian Purfield explains why Paul thought it was necessary to write to the likeable but easily-influenced Christians in Colossae.
Peter & Paul were both men of great faith and influence, but they had different understandings of the Messiah to whom they dedicated their lives, as John Twist explains.
Peter has an experience of God in the great catch of fish, as we hear on 7 September; he objects, for he is a sinful man; but the Lord reassures him, promising that he will be a fisher of people.
In the second reading for Pentecost Sunday, as he writes to the Corinthians about ‘getting the body right’, Paul makes use of a philosophical trope familiar in the ancient world.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, the event in which the ‘most ferocious enemy of the Church became its most zealous son and missionary’. How is Paul’s conversion described in the New Testament, in his own words and in the accounts in the Acts of the Apostles? Marcel Uwineza SJ looks closely at how Paul and Luke portray the change affected in Paul on the Damascus Road.
Gerry O'Collins SJ shares some thoughts on the priesthood of Christ, as understood by Paul, and considers how ordained ministry continually draws on aspects of Christ's priesthood.
Paul tells the Christians at Colossae that Christ is the 'the first-born of all creation' - why was this such an important message for Paul to teach, and how do we let this shape our faith
This ancient formulation centres on Christ’s death and resurrection and presents these events as supported by historical and biblical evidence.
15 Oct: We hear the end of Paul's letter to the church of Philippi, which is a source of pastoral advice and joyful encouragement to the Philippian Christians.
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