. . . a genuine exercise in spiritual and pastoral reflection informed by the biblical text, thereby enabling the book to serve as solid spiritual reading or homily preparation, or both.
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Storyteller and theologian Fr. John Shea STD provides a unique commentary that's ideal for preaching, teaching or meditating on the stories. His writing is poignant and conversational, making this a valuable tool for professional ministers, but also Christians who reflect on the Gospels for personal spiritual growth. Shea draws readers into the people and situations that Jesus encountered in ways that are evocative and inspirational.
John Shea's excellent guide to the Year C Sunday Gospels is marked by the author's training as a theologian and his gifts as an author and storyteller. Although the title identifies the audience as Christian preachers and teachers, this resource is a must-have for all who wish to delve deeper into the Sunday gospels.
. . . Shea offers practical ways to teach the spiritual wisdom.
. . . bring[s] the spiritual wisdom of the gospels into dialogue with contemporary life.
The strength of this text is its literary approach . . . a second strength of the text is the author's genius for theological reflection . . . a third strength of this commentary is the spiritual wisdom that is imparted. This commentary has potential as a resource for small faith communities, RCIA groups, faith based counseling, and as a tool for spiritual direction and spiritual mentoring.
This book is ideal not only for preachers and teachers but for anyone who wants to access the wisdom contained in the Gospels. . . . Dipping in to the book at random has whetted my appetite, and I look forward to using the volume over the course of the coming liturgical year.
An invaluable resource for presiders and people, parents, teachers, catechists, and all who desire the Spirit's `pleasure, passion, and purpose' in their lives.
People in the pews will welcome this weekly challenge of the spiritual wisdom of the Gospel texts.
Unlike most lectionary commentaries this book is not an exegesis of the biblical passages as such, but each gospel text becomes a focus of Shea's characteristically wise and engaging reflections on the connection of the gospel stories to our experience. Because of this the volume can serve as rich spiritual reading as well as offering leads for preaching and teaching.
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