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By Jean Vanier

Not for the reason that Fulton Sheen's majestic A lifetime of Christ has a author captured for his time the sweetness, the facility, and the holiness of Jesus. yet greater than this, Jean Vanier writes with a go-to-the-heart simplicity that makes the guy Jesus come alive in all his humanity, revealing his tremendous goodness and his bountiful love for everybody he meets. This ebook is the tale of Jesus because it is instructed within the 4 Gospels, introduced jointly into one meditation. the writer says that, "Together they offer a transparent portrait of Jesus as he was once and as he lived, a transparent imaginative and prescient of his message. From his belief to his demise and resurrection, we see a guy glaringly despatched by means of God to bare God, to indicate to a fashion of common love, of fact, of justice, and of peace."

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With deep faith, she touched Jesus' clothes as he passed. She was immediately healed! Jesus felt a power had gone out of him. He said to the woman: "Daughter, your faith has made you well. " What gentle humility! Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion (one of the enemies, a pagan! ) . " (Lk 7) So too with the Canaanite woman of Greek origin whose daughter was possessed by an evil spirit. It seemed as if Jesus did not hear her cry. The disciples sought to send her away. She persisted. " Jesus marveled: "0 woman, great is your faith.

The leaders want to kill him. He disturbs many, as we shall see later. He came unto his own and his own received him not. Humanity seems more prepared to live in conflict, JESUS behind barriers and defense mechanisms, in a world of oppression, fear, and death, than to change and to receive a new love. Human beings seem to be more at ease proving themselves, fighting with others, living in rivalry and competition to gain power and admiration. It is as if there is a powerful world of darkness and anguish in each person, in each group, both a fear of death and an attraction to death that prevent people from being open to this love.

The bridegroom is the one who has the bride, but the friend of the bridegroom who is waiting and who hears him rejoices at the sound of his voice. THE BEGINNINGS 37 This is my joy and it is full. " (J n 3) Jesus the Lover, Jesus the Beloved, Jesus the Bridegroom comes to fulfill all the prophecies. Yes, the Kingdom of God is now at hand. " (Jn 1 ) So he could testify that Jesus was the Chosen One of God. The elder son, the unique son, was also important in the Jewish culture: he is the beloved one.

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