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James Tissot's "Jesus Preaches the Sermon of the Beatitudes"

As Jesus begins to separate himself from the prophetic tradition by speaking in his own name, he also begins to show himself unique in the inexplicable signs he works.

In this series of 33 podcast episodes, the Christian mythic narrative is presented in its entirety: from a God who pre-exists time to the unending destiny of the human race. The story begins in "Part 1: Creation."

Christianity is an historical religion: to be converted in mind to Christianity – or, put differently, to begin to see the world anew through the Catholic imaginative vision – one must understand this story of redemption.

Episode 21: Jesus Begins His Mission

Gustave Dore's "The Temptation of Jesus"

"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.' I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel'" (John 1:29-31).

Episode 22: The New Moses

Gustave Dore's "Jesus Walking on the Sea"

"Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but Jesus was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!' He said to them, 'Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?' Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, 'What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey'" (Matthew 8:24-27)?

Episode 23: The Authority of Jesus

Gustave Dore's "Christ in the Synagogue"

"Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, 'Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins'—he then said to the paralytic—'Rise, take up your bed and go home.' And he rose and went home" (Matthew 9:4-7).

Episode 24: The Opposition Grows

Gustave Dore's "The Buyers and Sellers Driven out of the Temple"

"After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. Jesus said to the twelve, 'Will you also go away?' Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God'" (John 6:66-69).

Episode 25: The Gospel Message

Gustave Dore's "Jesus Healing the Man Possessed with a Devil"

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God..." (Isaiah 61:1-2).

This 33-part podcast series was co-produced with Slaking Thirsts. These episodes (and the entire series in one file) are also available at the Prime Matters YouTube channel and on our podcast channels: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.

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Part 6: Incarnation

Part 6: Incarnation

In the fullness of time, in the quiet corners of the world, God responds to our first parents' choice to separate themselves from him by becoming one of us.

Part 8: Redemption

Part 8: Redemption

When Jesus enters Jerusalem, a crowd proclaims him King. Less than a week later, he is handed over to the Romans and crucified, cementing his eternal reign.

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