The Catholic Companion to Jesus

The Catholic Companion to Jesus

by Mary Kathleen Glavich




Christ, "The Anointed One," we call him, but who really was Jesus and why has he had such an impact on the world? You'll find clear, easy-to-comprehend answers to these and other questions in this compilation of Catholic belief, understanding, and tradition about the man Catholics believe to be the "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." His vision for the world as it should be and his knowledge of and relationship to God, whom he referred to as his "Father," is as compelling today as it was some 2000 years ago. The Catholic Companion to Jesus seeks to give an overview of what is known about Jesus from the Scriptures, the historical record of his time, and the personal devotion to him that has transformed literally billions or lives. The author also uses Internet websites, quotes and short prayers, descriptions of Holy Land sites, and trivial tidbits to paint a complete picture of Jesus and his message. This book will be a lifetime companion for those who would follow Jesus and a gentle, comprehensive introduction to him for those who do not yet know him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879464226
Publisher: ACTA Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Jesus the Christ 5

2 Son of God: Emmanuel 27

3 The Way: Early Writings About Jesus 37

4 The Truth: The Four Gospels 47

5 The Nazarene: A First-Century Man 61

6 Yeshua: A Jew 71

7 Son of David: History of His People 85

8 Son of Mary: Birth 95

9 Son of Man: Early Life 111

10 Messiah: Start of His Ministry 123

11 Master: The Disciples 133

12 Healer: Power and Signs 147

13 Wonderworker: Power over Satan, Nature, and Death 167

14 Wisdom: Teachings of Jesus 185

15 Teacher: Parable Teller 199

16 Role Model: Qualities of Kingdom People 215

17 The Word: Parables in Action 233

18 Lawgiver: Moral Code and Beatitudes 245

19 Prophet: Facing Opposition 253

20 King: Beginning of the End 267

21 Bread of Life: The Last Supper 277

22 Redeemer: Passion 287

23 Savior: Death on a Cross 305

24 Lord: The Resurrection 323

25 The Life: Jesus Today and Tomorrow 345

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CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Catholic Companion series written by Mary Kathleen Glavich, a Sister of Notre Dame and noted religious educator. Here she presents the historical Jesus based on Scripture and scholarly research and reflection. In the introduction, Glavich describes the book as a catalyst for anyone who wishes to know Jesus better and a useful resource for those wishing to know more about the Catholic understanding of Jesus. The 25 chapters move sequentially from Old Testament background through the life of Jesus and his impact on history. Glavich devotes two chapters to parables, one focusing on Jesus' words, the other on his interactions with others. She identifies parables as the most frequent and memorable teaching device Jesus used. "Through parables Jesus lifts people to a new level of thinking and acting. He challenges them to make a response in their lives." The "big book search" sidebar enumerates characteristics of parables and suggests that readers look for some of these features in one or two parables in scripture. Examples in the Jesus as Storyteller chapter are divided into two categories: those describing the kingdom of God and those describing God. Glavich explains that the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard fits with both categories, teaching that the last shall be first and also that God's love and mercy surpass human justice and logic. In the second chapter on the topic, Glavich call Jesus a "walking parable" who teaches by his interactions with others. Among the parables in this chapter are four readings recommended for celebration of the sacrament of Penance: Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10), the woman accused of adultery (John 8:2-11), the woman who bathed Jesus' feet (Luke 7:36-50), and the transfiguration (Matthew 17-1-8, Mk. 9: 2-8 and Luke 9: 28-36). A special section highlighted in green, reviews and elaborates on the parable of the Samaritan woman at the well (John. 4: 5- 42). Glavich closes by describing the woman as "so immoral and alienated that she can't fetch water with the other women, but must venture out in the scorching noonday sun." She points out that in the parable neither the woman nor Jesus takes a drink of water, but both have been refreshed by their conversation. Glavich's expertise as an educator is evident in her chosen format. The basic text is written in simple language and employs subheads and other devices to aid comprehension. Supplementary material is presented in eight categories of sidebars including web sites, short prayers, trivia, and Scripture exercises. In addition, almost every chapter contains at least one longer supplementary piece, presented against a green background, that develops an idea further, suggests an activity, or reveals added information. Topics on these "green pages" include origins of Christmas carols, belief in miracles, and leprosy as a symbol of sin. Teachers, parents, faith-sharing groups, and those in evangelization ministry will find this book an invaluable resource. At the same time, individuals may use it to broaden their knowledge of Jesus and the Church.