Friday, December 17, 2010

Learning Jesus

"Jesus is best learned not as a result of an individual’s scholarly quest that is published in a book, but as a continuing process of personal transformation within a community of disciples. Jesus is learned through the faithful reading of the Scriptures, true, but he is learned as well through the sacraments (above all the Eucharist), the lives of saints (dead and living) and the strangers with whom the exalted Lord especially associates himself. Next to such a difficult and complex form of learning Jesus as he truly is —the life-giving Spirit who enlivens above all the assembly called the body of Christ— the investigations of historians, even at their best, seem but a drab and impoverished distraction."

~ Luke Timothy Johnson, "The Jesus Controversy"

Hat tip to Salt of the Earth

1 comment:

The Underground Pewster said...

Indeed, Jesus lives, we must take care to not suck the life out of him in our discussions.