Behind the Bible

A closer look at the history, context and characters in Scripture

Fishers of men

We’re all familiar with Christ’s words to Simon Peter “… from now on you will be catching men,” but did you ever study the context? There is a lot going on in Luke’s recounting of Jesus’ call to Peter, James, and John (Luke 5:1-11). First, the episode itself foreshadows Simon Peter’s role in Jesus’ Church.…

Where did the priests go?

One aspect about Catholicism that is hard to miss is the priesthood. We do not have ministers or preachers, but bishops, priests and deacons. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, you do not encounter Christian priests. The only people who are called priests are generally the Old Testament priests who…

When Jesus passes by

burning bush

There is something mysterious about how Jesus encounters people in the Gospels. We are accustomed to finding Our Lord searching out and calling people like a good shepherd. But there are instances in the New Testament in which he appears to be intent on passing by his intended audience. Did you ever notice at the…