Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

Zealot or Messiah: A New Controversy

There is a new book with old claims making the headlines in the media. Both Fox News and CNN did the author Reza Aslan a favor – they launched his book Zealot on to the national stage. As I said, Aslan is not making any groundbreaking claims when he says that Jesus was just another zealot, “a peasant revolutionary.” In fact, such controversies about Jesus are as old the gospels themselves. Matthew has documented the conversation between the elders and soldiers who conspire to spread the rumor that, ‘His disciples came by night and stole …

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Practicing Catholic: Principally Speaking

Being a practicing Catholic has to do with Jesus in our lives. It is the way we respond to and express two basic principles that were inherent in the life and ministry of Jesus and which continue to be operative in his church: the incarnational principle and the sacramental principle.  The Incarnational Principle The incarnational principle is that in Jesus God became a human being, a true and full human being with body and soul, with temptations and frustrations, with emotions and bodily pains. Only sin was missing in his human existence. Through the Incarnation, …

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God’s “Bravo” for Jesus.

If Jesus’ life had ended on the cross, his story might have been a high point in creation. Here was someone who had done everything right, had followed God’s plan for the world in his words and actions, had attempted to contribute to the development of what God had begun in the human creature, had apparently demonstrated how rich and how spiritually profound a human life could be. It was an exemplary life. But Jesus’ life ending on the cross would also have been one of the saddest stories in the history of creation. He …

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Jesus of Nazareth: That’s Why They Killed Him

In what Jesus taught and did people found a new hope and a new freedom. If God’s love is as abundant as Jesus said, if every human creature, even the seemingly unimportant, has a special dignity, if all are called to participate in the kingdom of God which has already begun, then Jesus was presenting a whole new world. People no longer needed to be ashamed of themselves, to feel the oppression of not really belonging or the despair of not knowing where to turn in their sinfulness. True, there was still sin in the …

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