The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers: On Earth as It Is in Heaven

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Overview

With a goal of transcendent awareness, John Shea presents this commentary on the Sunday Gospel readings for those who are drawn to the spiritual wisdom of the Gospels. Ideal for Christian preachers and teachers, and Christians who meditate on the Gospels, Shea's book takes a literary-spiritual approach. He analyzes the mindsets of characters and how Jesus complimented, critiqued, praised these mindsets, to inspire meditation, reflection, and spiritual development. On Earth as It Is in Heaven, Year A is the first book of a four-volume set, The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers. This set is a lectionary-based resource that references both Roman Catholic and Revised Common Lectionaries, making it useful and interesting to various Christian denominations. A Scripture index makes Shea's insightful reflections accessible for personal reflection on the Gospel texts as well as other uses outside of liturgical preparation. With wisdom relevant to our contemporary world, The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers: On Earth as It Is in Heaven will find its way to the top of your resource list.

John Shea, STD, is a theologian and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit at work movement. He has published thirteen books and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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. . . a valuable resource for anyone searching for wisdom as it is revealed in the Gospels. Jesus’ compassion and unconditional love and mercy are thoughtfully and spiritually presented with a sound foundation in Scriptural knowledge and a fresh perspective in the spiritual wisdom of those Scriptures. This resource would be beneficial for teachers of Scripture and for personal or small group studies.
Catholic Education

Shea focuses on the conversational patterns that communicate spiritual wisdom. In particular, he pays attention to the art of Jesus’ teaching style, how he gears what he says to the mindsets of people, and how he marshals his rhetoric in the service of breakthroughs in consciousness.
New Testament Abstracts

Billed as a resource for Christian preachers and teachers, 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. We can eagerly await the next three volumes.
Catholic Books Review

. . .bring[s] the spiritual wisdom of the gospels into dialogue with contemporary life.
Theology Digest

Although your library may be bulging with gospel commentaries, this book will help you make the word come alive. It is a must.
Tidings

Prayerful meditation on the word of God is a way to spiritual wisdom. I will be looking forward to the next three books to complete this series.
Catholic Library World

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. We can eagerly await the next three volumes.
Catholic Studies

An invaluable resource for presiders and people, parents, teachers, catechists, and all who desire the Spirit's 'pleasure, passion, and purpose' in their lives.
Prairie Messenger

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface: Writing this Resource xi
Introduction: Preaching and Teaching the Gospels as Spiritual Wisdom 1
First Sunday of Advent: Staying Awake in Everyday Life 25
Second Sunday of Advent: Leading the Heart 30
Third Sunday of Advent: Opening to Wholeness 37
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Making a Home for Spirit 43
The Baptism of the Lord: Awakening to Love 49
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / Second Sundary after Epiphany: Tracking Testimony 55
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / Third Sunday after Epiphany: Following Fascination 63
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: Uncovering Blessedness 67
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Fifth Sunday after Epiphany: Becoming Salt 73
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Sixth Sunday after Epiphany / Proper 1: Working on Yourself 76
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / Seventh Sunday after Epiphany / Proper 2: Cultivating Cleverness 83
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Eighth Sunday after Epiphany / Proper 3: Beholding Birds and Flowers 88
Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Ninth Sunday after Epiphany / Proper 4: Withstanding Storms 93
Transfiguration Sunday: Visiting the Mountain 97
First Sunday of Lent: Knowing Who You Are 103
Second Sunday of Lent (Revised Common Lectionary): Serving Spirit through Theology 108
Third Sunday of Lent: Disappearing into the Fullness of Joy 116
Fourth Sunday of Lent: Completing Creation 130
Fifth Sunday of Lent: Causing and Consoling Grief 142
Second Sunday of Easter: Resurrecting with Questions 155
Third Sunday of Easter: Sacrificing into Life 166
Fourth Sunday of Easter: Entering through the Gate of Christ 177
Fifth Sunday of Easter: Calming Troubled Hearts 182
Sixth Sunday of Easter: Dancing Beyond Death 186
Seventh Sunday of Easter: Finishing Life 191
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 5: Learning the Meaning of Mercy 197
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 6: Protesting the Way Things Are 203
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 7: Choosing to Speak the Truth Despite Suffering 207
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 8: Prioritizing Love 214
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 9: Experiencing Rest 218
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 10: Loving the Listener 225
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 11: Progressing Humiliation by Humiliation 230
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 12: Selling with Joy 236
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 13: Maximizing Assets 241
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 14: Sinking with Courage 246
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 15: Doing What It Takes 252
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 16: Getting It Right 257
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 17: Finding and Losing Life 262
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 18: Reconciling with Spirit and Skill 267
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 19: Bestowing the Future 272
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 20: Comparing Salaries 279
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 21: Changing Our Minds 286
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 22: Wanting It All 291
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 23: Marrying the Son 297
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 24: Avoiding Traps 302
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 25: Returning to Love 306
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 26: Practicing and Repenting 310
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 27: Lighting Your Own Lamp 314
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 28: Fearing God 319
Christ the King / Proper 29: Caring Without Calculation 325
Scripture Index 330
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