This is a contemplative reading of a contemplative Gospel. Father Demetrius' study is rooted in sound biblical scholarship but available to everyone. Using the passion narrative as lens, he perceives a theme of loving service, the vocation of Jesus and his true disciples, running through the Gospel from beginning to end. Above all, he leads us into the Gospel of John as through a doorway to the experience of God.
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
With a rare ability to express complex theology and biblical scholarship in an engaging, readable style, Fr. Dumm offers a valuable gift to all who long to understand the Gospel of John and its truth that sets us free. A great power of the book is that it is not an impersonal exchange of information, but, like John's Gospel itself, a witness in faith to the power of love which Jesus brings from the Father and offers to us. I found A Mystical Portrait of Jesus to be as informative as a fine graduate course, and as inspiring as an outstanding retreat.
Patricia H. Livingston, Counselor, author, and speaker
Demetrius Dumm, using a new and daring approach, brings remarkably fresh insights to John's Gospel. In his usual lucid and clear style, he goes beyond the literal, historical, and critical approach to reveal the transcendent elements in this unique Gospel. In reading his commentary one continues to say, 'Of course, now it makes sense,' only to find that it also becomes much more challenging.
Most Reverend Rembert G. Weakland, OSB, Archbishop of Milwaukee