Join Dr. Edith Humphrey in reading Old Testament passages designed to bring to life the weekly Gospel and/or Epistle reading for the Divine Liturgy. Discover how the apostles and the New Testament writers followed the pattern of Jesus in their understanding of the Holy Scriptures of the early Church—the Law, the Prophets and the Writings.
Lighting up the Apocalypse 3: Our Brother Communicant Shows Us the LORD
This week we tackle Rev 1:9-17, and seek to understand John’s initial vision of the LORD Jesus in the light of the OT passages that he echoes: Rev. 1:9-17; Exodus 20; Daniel 7:9-14; 10:16-19, and Ezekiel 43:2.
Lighting up the Apocalypse 2
This week we read John’s opening address in Rev 1:4-8, and see it come to life with the help of some Church fathers, as we recognize its echoes to Isaiah 11, Daniel 7:13-27, and especially Zechariah 12-13.
Lighting up the Apocalypse 1
We start a new series, in which the light of the OT and the fathers will be shone upon that mysterious book which is intended to be an unveiling, not to lie in obscurity. This week, we consider Rev 1:1-3 in the light of Daniel 2-4, and Exodus 23-4.
The Complete Community
Hebrews 13:17-21 encourages the community to respond positively to her leaders, and shows the symbiotic relationship that God has in mind for pastors and people, all under the blessing of the Great Shepherd. Together, we are being transformed by God so that we reach completion. We understand the challenges of this passage by means of the wisdom of St. John Chrysostom’s sermon on this passage, Judges 1-5, and Psalm 1.
Awaiting His Advent Actively
Awaiting His Advent Actively, Colossians 3:1-11, when read alongside the invitation and warning of Psalm 94/5, speaks of our hope, our mandate, our warning, our exchange, and our identity. These themes show us how us to engage in active waiting for Christ during this time of Advent/the Nativity Fast.
Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Covid-19 Land
The apostle’s appeal for unity is beautifully exemplified in the life of Joseph, and poignantly pictured in the Psalm about oil on Aaron’s beard. May God’s appeal, pattern, and picture help us to unity in this time of disagreement. (Ephesians 4:1-6, Genesis 37-50, Psalm 132/3)