The End of St. John the Baptist

  In my beginning is my end.  –T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets: “East Coker” St. John the Baptist’s origin and vocation, as recorded in the beginning of the fourth gospel, provides hints of his destiny.  In his beginning is his end. The fourth gospel declares that John’s vocation is “to bear witness” to the Messiah.  Within…

St. Mary Magdalene

  “How beautiful […] are the feet of him who brings the gospel.” Isaiah 52:7 Isaiah’s prophecy about the Messianic age clearly echoed in the heart of the woman who anoints Christ’s feet early in his ministry.  As the scene unfolds, the evangelist Luke describes her as a “sinner” and “woman of the city” (Lk…