The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers: Feasts, Funerals, and Weddings

The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers: Feasts, Funerals, and Weddings

by John Shea

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Overview

Wisdom, wit, and Sacred Writ are the outstanding interactive hallmarks of this fourth and final volume in The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers series. In the same style and format as the first three: volumes, Shea presents evocative reflections to enhance Scripture-based preaching and teaching for liturgical feast days funerals, and weddings. Christian preachers and teachers and anyone interested in the spiritual life will find Feasts, Funerals, and Weddings an insightful and relevant resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814629161
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 01/28/2010
Series: Spiritual Wisdom Of Gospels For Christian Preachers And Teachers , #4
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John (Jack) Shea is a consultant with decades of experience in providing theological and formation services to parishes and faith-based organizations. He has published over twenty books of theology and spirituality (including Liturgical Press’s popular Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels series), three novels, and three books of poetry. He lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit work movement. Visit jackshea.org to learn more.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface: Partnering xi

Feasts

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Scratching in the Earth 3

Christmas: Midnight, Dawn, Day Unfolding Revelation 9

Christmas: Midnight Seeing Haloes 15

Christmas: Dawn Finding the Child 25

Christmas: Day Defying the World 30

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Growing in Age, Wisdom, and Grace 41

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God Resolving to Be New 51

The Epiphany of the Lord Exchanging Gifts 56

The Baptism of the Lord Babysitting the Children of God 63

Ash Wednesday Remembering Death 74

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: At the procession with Palms Consoling Sorrow 80

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: At the Mass-Year A Developing Providentially 87

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: At the Mass- Year B Rejecting Rescue 93

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: At the Mass- Year C going Within to Go Without 102

Holy Thursday Serving Others out of Gratitude to God 111

Good Friday Exempting No One 125

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter- Year A Rolling Back the Rock 148

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter- Year B Dying and Dancing 153

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter' Year C Breaking Through to Resurrection 161

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord at the Mass of Easter Day Following Love into Mystery 165

The Ascension of the Lord: Leaving and staying 180

Pentecost: Thirsting for spirit 186

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: Escaping Individualism 198

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Breaking Bodies and Pouring out Blood 206

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Hear of Jesus: Speaking from the Hear 215

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Discerning the Word 226

All Saints: Converting to Love 232

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls): Belonging to a Past People 237

(Christ the King/Reign of Christ, see the Final entries in Years A, B, and C Volumes)

Funerals

Prescribing Consciousness 243

Grieving 250

Remembering 257

Hoping 265

Weddings

Saying "I" 277

Dwelling in Spiritual communion 281

Incarnating Spiritual Communion 286

Scripture Index 291

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