Jesus' Family Values
Those baptized into Christ become brother and sister with a bond that is deeper than the natural kinship of family. Here is a unity deeper than blood.
John Kavanaugh, SJ
The Great Refusal
What is blasphemy against the Spirit? Why is it so devastating? How is it that such a sin could be so intractable before the will of God and the healing love of Christ?
John J. Pilch
In a truly startling move, Jesus redefines family. More valuable than bonds of flesh and blood is ready obedience to the will of God. Such people constitute Jesus' new family
Unknown Greek Author of the 5th Century
We no longer fear the serpent: instead we revere the Holy Spirit. We no longer descend into the earth: instead we reascend into heaven. We are no longer exiles from paradise: instead we live in Abraham's bosom
Reginald H. Fuller
The faith of which Paul speaks is very simple: it is faith in God who raised Jesus from the dead, a faith that also carries with it the hope that God will raise both Paul himself and his converts.