Following in the Footsteps of Jesus - Meditations on the Gospels for Year B
CATEGORY: Spirituality & Meditation
This publication offers a guide for reading Sunday Gospels and meditating Homilies every week for the Liturgical Cycle B. A close familiarity with the words of the Gospels brings us into consonance with Jesus, inspires in us his love for the world, builds up enthusiasm for his project of the Kingdom of God, and infuses his Spirit in us. Without our scarcely noticing it, we become Christians. This personal meditation on the words of Jesus transforms us more than all the explanations, sermons, and exhortations which reach us from the outside. People change from within.
Perhaps this is one of the most serious problems of our religion: we do not change because only what flows through our hearts changes our lives and frequently it is not the vital sap of Jesus that passes through our hearts. The life of the church would be transformed if believers, Christian couples, priests, religious, bishops and educators would make the Gospels their bedside book.
"This small volume contains short but insightful meditations on the weekly lectionary passages of scripture used in the Catholic Church. They are well put and thoughtful. But what makes the book really worth reading is, believe it or not, Professor Pagola's brief Foreward. It cuts right to the heart of Christianity and calls believers back to the center, Jesus Christ. 'He is the one who can free us from spiritual inertia and stagnation. He can revive our faith and set our hearts on fire. Without him everything shuts down: the gospel becomes a dead letter; the church is just another organization; religious practice is frozen'. Exactly".
– Bill Tammeus, "Faith Matters" Blogger; Columnist, The Presbyterian Outlook; Columnist, National Catholic Reporter.
José Antonio Pagola was born in Spain in 1937. He completed his theological studies in 1962 at the Pontiﬁcal University in Rome and his studies in Sacred Scripture at the Papal Biblical Institute in Rome in 1966. He also studied biblical sciences at the École Biblique in Jerusalem. Pagola is a professor at St. Sebastian Seminary and at the Faculty of Theology of Northern Spain.
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