The elders of the community should be called in to pray over the sick person. In the early Church the elders or ‘presbyters’ (presbuteroi, presbyteroi) exercised leadership in the community; they also taught and preached. They were the predecessors of our ‘priests’ who now have this leadership role. But there were as yet no priests, as we understand the term now, in the early church. Or rather, there was only one High Priest, Jesus Christ (see the Letter to the Hebrews). via Sacred Space.

Of course, this admission makes no difference to Catholic theologians, since what matters most to them is their tradition. Their tradition supercedes the Bible, for it is, in their view, the official interpretation of the Bible and the subsequent development of the Roman Catholic Church’s practices. They also readily admit that baptism in the first century was immersion. But things are different now, and that is a good thing. Continue reading

Vicki took me to the swimming school for the 8 a.m. class this morning so I could make up for the two classes I missed this week. Except that that period got canceled last week, and since I didn’t check ahead of time, found out upon arrival. Good thing that the pool guy also didn’t hear about it, since he was there and opened up for me. Called the owner and found out, but the owner said I could swim if I wanted. (That would not happen in the U.S.!) So for about 45 minutes I swam with almost no stops, not bothering to count my laps. Continue reading