This personal meditation on the words of Jesus transforms us more than all the explanations, sermons, and exhortations which reach us from the outside. People change from within. Perhaps this is one of the most serious problems of our religion: we do not change because only what flows through our hearts changes our lives and frequently it is not the vital sap of Jesus that passes through our hearts. The life of the church would be transformed if believers, Christian couples, priests, religious, bishops and educators would make the Gospels their bedside book. This publication offers a guide for reading Sunday Gospels and meditating Homilies every week for the Liturgical Cycle A.
José Antonio Pagola is a professor at St. Sebastian Seminary and at the Faculty of Theology of Northern Spain. He has served as rector of the diocesan seminary and Vicar General of the same diocese. He has dedicated his life to Biblical studies and Christology and has done research on the historical Jesus for more than 30 years. His is author of numerous books including the best selling Jesus: An Historical Approximation.
“What Pagola impresses upon readers is that fact that following Jesus is serious business and not to be taken lightly. In the introduction Pagola makes the point: ‘People change from within’. Perhaps one of the most serious problems of our religion is that we do not change, because only what flows through our hearts changes our lives, and frequently is not the vital sap of Jesus that passes through our hearts”. — National Federated Priests Council