Following in the Footsteps of Jesus - Meditations on the Gospels for Year A
CATEGORY: Spirituality & Meditation
Christian life does not arise spontaneously in us. The truth of the Gospel cannot always be arrived at through a process of reasoning. We need to meditate long on the words of Jesus. It is only through familiarity and association with the Gospels that we begin slowly to learn to live like him. This 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 publication offers a guide for reading Sunday Gospels and meditating Homilies every week for the Liturgical Cycle A.
"In Following in the Footsteps of Jesus, Pagola writes a meditation for the Gospel reading for each Sunday of “Year A” in the liturgical cycle (the current Year A began with Advent 2010). As I write this in mid-May 2011, about halfway through the year, we are approaching the Sixth Sunday of Easter, and the readings are: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; and John 14:15-21. Pagola supplies the gospel text (from the NIV interestingly enough), adds his own brief commentary on that text, and more importantly, some devotional reflections that he hopes will draw in the reader to a more personal connection with Jesus. In glancing through his thoughts, I found them often provocative and challenging. He raises questions for personal consideration, but also repeatedly asks how following Jesus might help transform our churches. He laments the state of many churches that celebrate the Risen Jesus, the vine full of life, but which are made up of dead branches".
– William W. Klein, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
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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