Dear Parishioners and Friends, Below are my suggestions for reading from the book of Daniel. Daniel: 1:1-21 The Food Test 2:31-45 The Vision of the Statue 3:1-24 The Fiery Furnace 5:1-30 The Writing on the Wall 6:2-28 The Lions’ Den 7:9-14 The Son of Man 12:1-3 Michael the Archangel 13:1-64 Susanna and the Elders Peace and Blessings,
Dear Parishioners and Friends, There are three books in the Bible especially known for having bizarre and difficult to interpret imagery. The first of these, which I am discussing today, is the book of the Prophet Ezekiel. The other two, Daniel, a later prophet and the New Testament Book of Revelation will be taken up later. As a temple priest in…
Dear Parishioners and Friends, Did you know that in Roman times the year began on March 1? The names September, October, November and December are taken from the Latin words for seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth. After the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity, the New Year was moved to January 1 to coincide with the Nativity of Christ….
Dear Parishioners and Friends, The very first verse of the book of the Prophet Baruch names its author. According to Jeremiah, Baruch was his scribe, but it is doubtful that this scribe wrote the book named for him. In fact there may be several authors, for the book consists of five distinct parts, as follows: Prayer of the exiles and…
Dear Parishioners and Friends, Last weekend I indicated that my next message would be on the book of the prophet Ezekiel. Wrong! I failed to notice the two short books between Jeremiah and Ezekiel, Lamentations and Baruch. Because of it’s somber tone, the book of Lamentations has sometimes been attributed to Jeremiah, but this cannot be the case. Whoever wrote…