What power moved Jesus into and through his ministry all the way to the cross? One answer that we might glean from the Gospels is “his compassion.” That answer however does not explain the origin of his compassion. Is Jesus simply a kind-hearted individual who feels pity for us?... Read More →
How can we learn what Jesus is really like? Alban Goodier, SJ, in his book A More Excellent Way says: “It is important for us to bear always in mind that we learn our Lord as he was, and therefore as he is, wholly from the Gospels. Other lives of him, other writings, books of... Read More →
Romano Guardini, in his book The Lord, observed: “… a psychology of Jesus is an impossibility. A psychology of St. Francis, yes—at least to the point where something beyond mere human nature stirs…. But no such study of Jesus Christ, save the most limited, is... Read More →
St. Paul wrote: “It was for liberty that Christ freed us” (Gal 5). St. John tells us: “If the Son frees you, you will really be free” (Jn 8). All healing is a liberating whether from physical, mental or moral bondage, though the greatest slavery remains the slavery of sin and... Read More →
The history of the people of ancient Israel was that they had been given an original grace and covenant that lifted them into a new relationship with God. To create that covenant God overcame great obstacles for them. He then led them through the desert to a place of peace. This... Read More →
Both the first reading and the end of the Gospel let us know that it is okay to haggle with God. That does not mean that we will always get what we want, but that God will enter into the dialogue and something will change.