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Answering the Questions of Jesus
In these pages, EWTN host and Franciscan Friar Fr Andrew Apostoli reflects on each of the questions asked by Jesus and gently guides you into a deeper understanding of the wisdom of who He is and what He is asking of you. Among the many questions you'll explore are . . .
- Why were you looking for me? Learn what this answer says about the presence of Jesus in your spiritual life.
- What do you seek? Discover why Holy Mass is the key to knowing this answer.
- O woman, what have you to do with me? How this question tests your faith, and why the salvation of your soul may depend on how you answer it.
- Why are you afraid? Have you no faith? Learn how prayer is the key to fully knowing this answer.
- Who do you say the Son of Man is? Discover how this question was crucial in granting authority to Peter and the Apostles.
- Who do you say that I am? Why recognizing Jesus as your Lord is in itself insufficient.
- Will you also want to leave? Learn how this question is key to knowing how to persevere in the spiritual life.
- Do you know what I have done for you? Discover it is imperative that you live by the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
- What would a man offer in exchange for his soul? The three things you must offer to Jesus to attain eternal life.
- Could you not watch one hour with me? The inevitable dangers we will face if we don t pray.
- Do you love me? How the reconciliation of Peter and Jesus should give us courage and fortitude.
The Good Galilean
We all know imperfection, only too well. We are conscious of human imperfection, sin, and failure on all sides. We have been trained to suspect hypocrisy under every façade. And yet there was one man who was perfectly good, a perfect man in whom no fault can be found. That man can show us that goodness is not an illusion, that holiness is worth striving for, that our existence has a meaning and a direction.
Jesus Christ was the Perfect Man that philosophers and storytellers have searched for since the dawn of history. He was greater than storytellers have been able to imagine, more sublime than we had a right to hope.
Our Lord was Perfect Man because he was also God. By being divine he was able to show us our human nature as he had desired to create it, with his infinite power. He reveals the nature of man to us, at the same time as he reveals God.
We possess the historical and literary portrait of this Perfect Man in the Gospels, where we see him walking and talking among us, answering questions, healing and consoling the men and women who are drawn to him. The Gospels give us this portrait in order to provide us a model for our own lives, whoever we are and wherever we live.
The Saints demonstrate that it is possible, by grace, to imitate that model and share in his perfection - not by copying his outward appearance, but by living in his spirit.
It is Our Lord's example of love that calls us to become truly human. Love as he taught it was a new thing in the world. Love as he practiced it has made the world another place.
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