The Principal Objective of Paraclete Publications
The main purpose of this website is that, through the study of Sacred Scripture, we will be led to that Wedding Feast promised by Christ where we will joyfully see and be united with the spouse that Christ has won for us in heaven. What Adam and Eve were to have for all eternity in the Garden of Eden, Christ has won for all of us on the Cross, in the blood and water that flowed from his side – as the New Eve formed from the side of the New Adam on Mount Calvary. Those already sacramentally married will rejoice at being reunited together in heaven, where they will see their marriage elevated to a new height in Christ. What is even more exciting to learn, however, is that those who are single or celibate, be they young or old, will also be united with – in the words of St John Paul II – their “second self”, that spouse which Christ has won for them at the Wedding Feast in heaven. Let us rejoice that St Joseph is the spouse of Mary in heaven, both now and forever. We can also rejoice, as Christ promised us in Sacred Scripture, that this same joy awaits each of us in heaven.
The joy of establishing this nuptial kingdom was the primary concern in Christ’s mind as he entered Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of His life on earth. It was for this reason that he entered the Temple of Jerusalem, his “Father’s House”, for it was at the ‘fathers house’ where every Jewish wedding was to be celebrated. Christ had come to celebrate his wedding with His Bride, the Church, and to this wedding we are all invited, for it is there that our own wedding is found. “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Rev 19:9).
However, Christ was also keenly aware of the alternative kingdom – the kingdom of this world – which directly opposed this nuptial kingdom and sought to destroy it, in the very place where the wedding feast was to be celebrated. Hence, Jesus’ dramatic and catastrophic actions by his Cleansing of the Temple. This same Cleansing of the Temple, Christ undertakes in every age of Church history, not least our own, who live in a world dominated by the same immoral economic principles prevalent in the Temple in Christ’s own time. These immoral economic principles are examined in this website, where it is proposed that Christ was directly opposed to the money-changers activities in the Temple and, in particular, to the use of token money which had been introduced in the Holy Place. If this is true, as the Gospels appear to indicate and which the Early Church Fathers alluded to, it poses many serious questions for us today seeking to follow Christ’s teaching living in a world dominated by the use of token money. Christ will always defend his nuptial kingdom, which he offers to each and every one of us and will not allow it to ever be destroyed by the false use of (token) money.
The two main points mentioned above are explained in more detail in our youtube presentations set out in the menu above and below.
Jesus and Marriage Jesus and Money
The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting by Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, painted c. 1508–1512
Our website presentations are all connected to these two central themes stated above. They are presented as follows:
d. Related Studies
d. The Cleansing of the Temple and Five Principles which guided the interpretation of the Early Church Fathers