James Martin, SJ, gifted storyteller, editor at large of America magazine, popular media commentator, and New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit. Editorial Reviews. Review. Father James Martin, SJ, is refreshingly innovative in his Jesus: A Pilgrimage. He has a knack for giving a new perspective to the. “This is an invaluable book for anyone desiring to know more about Jesus, and how his life can illumine our own spiritual pilgrimage. James Martin makes.

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As humans, aren't we thrilled to see or run into our cousins and don't we cherish the time we spend with our cousins? As a child, every Sunday was spent at Grandma and Grandpa's house after Mass with Aunts, Uncles and cousins under one roof.

Some of my most cherished memories as a child was time spent with my cousins on those Sundays. Thus, it seems perfectly natural to me for Jesus to "stop by" to visit his cousin in the river.

There is a close-up of John and Jesus's eyes meeting and looking into each others' eyes. It is quite easy for me to imagine that Jesus, who is love personified, loves his cousin very much. Remembering also, that John leapt in his mother's women womb, when Mary pregnant with Jesus approached John's mother, Elizabeth; clearly not only a human connection but a supernatural one as well.

As God, Jesus knows all about John and what will happen to him. Jesus cherishes John. Jesus stopping by the river is Jesus saying as human: "thanks cousin, what you do, did and will do is beneficial to the Kingdom".

Jesus knows this but maybe John as human needs to "hear it". Of course, these words are not in scripture, but, many of us can imagine situations when we were with close cousins that we communicated with them without words. John has followers and disciples. Think of John and Jesus humanly as "neighborhood leaders".

Jesus is saying to John, again without words to his cousin: "some of your people are going to be leaving you and joining up with me, do not be mad at them or me, this is the way it is supposed to be, I pray you are OK with this ".

Maybe I am looking at this too superficially instead of theologically, ecclesiastically and sacramentally? After Jesus walks into the Jordan, does the water become Holy Water? Is there a difference between the people baptized there after Jesus departs, as opposed to those who were baptized before he entered the Jordan?

Janean Stallman 4 years 6 months ago Andrew, I love your questions. They suggest to me that you are using the Ignatian imaginative contemplation to put yourself into this baptismal scene.

As far as I can glean from scripture, Jesus takes up his mantle after John has been imprisoned and beheaded. Perhaps, he has been following John for some time, even learning from him. Because Jesus, as a human, grows spiritually as he matures. I don't think he just wakes up and says, "I'm God, I know what I'm doing. But, John does seem to know that Jesus is very special and that Jesus will do what he cannot do.

There is a relationship between them that is spiritual as well as a kinship. If we can imagine them as children, they might have played together and John, being older, would have been the natural leader. But, he might have marveled at Jesus's insight, and his questions. John would have known that Jesus was going to take over where he left off. But the recognition of the Holy Spirit when John baptized Jesus, was his confirmation. Your questions about the water in the river Jordan are really thought-provoking.

I can only answer with another question: If you were to bathe in the Jordan, would you think it Holy Water? I wonder if Fr. Martin did? My guess is that he did feel that the water was holy, but then, isn't the water everywhere holy because it is necessary for life? When I imagined Jesus on the Hood Canal, that was a holy place. Kevin Spinale 4 years 5 months ago Ms. Stallman, Contemplation of place is essential to Ignatian prayer. I think Fr. Martin and other pilgrims feel the proximity of Christ in the water of Galilee and the River Jordan.

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The incarnation becomes a bit more apparent, more palpable. Perhaps, along these same lines, one of the essential realities of Christian life is that Jesus was also human - not embodied god, but human.

His humanity has shown the dignity of my own human life. Just as Jesus sanctifies water by his presence, Jesus has sanctified human life by his willingness to take on our nature - perhaps a mystery even more difficult to contemplate than the resurrection. Kevin Spinale 4 years 5 months ago Mr. Thomas argues that Jesus does indeed, by his baptism, sanctify the water in which we too are baptized. He also argues - as does the portrait of St.

Paul in Acts - that those baptized by John need to be baptized again. What distinguishes the Baptism of the Christian community from that of the followers of John the Baptist is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit that unites us with Jesus in his death and resurrection.

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I do not think that you are looking at this meaningful event in the life of Christ too theologically. Indeed, theology can and should enrich our imaginative prayer and our encounter with Christ. Sara Damewood 4 years 5 months ago Andrew, I can just imagine Jesus communicating those sentiments to John.

I don't think it's superficial at all. Great use of Ignatian imaginative meditation! That's not to say that theology can't also enrich our understanding of the Gospels.

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It seems most of our encounters with the divine as we raise our children, transpire too deep and silently to notice. Yet when we look back, we know there was something going on more luminous and lasting than the family chronicle of events.

The angels told Mary and her betrothed that her son was bound for a singular destiny. I think when we care for our families there is another present whose life in this world is also influenced by the quality of our care. Much as we depend on God to care for us on our personal journeys, it seems he also depends on us, in a way, to take good care of him in the persons of the weak, the broken, the feeble and the just plain dumb.

I believe untold blessings have come to us through people who have persisted in their strivings despite obstacles and challenge. If there were no obstacles to struggle with what would be the meaning of commitment, faithfulness, endurance, creativity? Who would our saints and heroes be?

Would we even have a measure for the reliability of our love? And--devoid of adversity, how boring would life be? One of my favorite scripture passages is from Paul in 2 Corinthians For me, it has often been like a bridge over troubled waters. Malone, Greetings.

I think your sense of living a life of discipleship is quite right. Consolation and desolation mark our spiritual lives, and our experience of Christian living mirrors the liturgical year: the waiting of Advent, the joy of Christmas, the repentance of lent, the sadness of Holy Week, the glory of Easter and Pentecost, and the ordinariness of ordinary time. As we look back upon our life comprehensively, we can identify times that resemble seasons during the liturgical year.

The insight oriented toward a comprehensive view of our own lives as well as the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is quite rich.

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Sara Damewood 4 years 5 months ago Elizabeth, I've had a similar career with the "least" among us and can relate to your thought that God seems to depend on us to care for Him by attending to those anawim. Sara Damewood 4 years 5 months ago Like the healing of the paralytic man in Luke , author Fr. James Martin Fr. Pardon my lack of attention to writing good prose. Raised Catholic, I earnestly sought God through my teen years until my logical mind led me to reject Catholicism in college and become a Unitarian Universalist for most of my adult life.

This led to many paths described and validated so well in Fr. I also dabbled in Buddhist meditation, which was helpful in developing mindfulness and later Yoga meditation, which caused me to imagine this life is simply a dream and we eventually wake up to God. However, there was a yearning for something more. Ignatian Spirituality, Fr. Jim through the Holy Land. I can just imagine standing near Jesus at the Mount of the Beatitudes, feeling so close to God in Him….

We become who Jesus hopes us to be, as a people and as individuals.

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So we are blessed. Janean Stallman 4 years 5 months ago I do so much enjoy and appreciate all the wonderful and insightful comments on this book. Martin's CD where he is talking about the importance of women who were always at Jesus' side, trusting, believing, and supporting him until the end and even after the resurrection. Word of Warning: If you use this book in your congregation, plan ahead to investigate options for participants to take their own pilgrimage. Our Catholic readers are familiar with America, but many of our other readers may not know that this is a century-old publication that combines journalism with Christian inspiration.

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As a Jesuit priest, I live a life of poverty, chastity and obedience; and part of poverty means that everything I earn goes to my religious order. All proceeds from this book go to support our ministry here at America. These are lively young adults.

I get requests for prayers. I especially like writing prayers and meditations throughout the day, then posting them there on Facebook. And then I try to offer a message for readers about what all of this means for them today in their daily lives. Wright to name a few. JAMES: There are a lot of books that just summarize the life and times of Jesus for readers and take the Bible stories at face value, so they ignore the historical research.

I think the scholarship is important, too, so I wanted to include that. This book is for everyone from the doubtful seeker to the longtime church person. So, I hope that all readers can gather around this book and find out about the person of Jesus Christ. This is a book someone could enjoy without knowing anything about Jesus or the Bible. You walk readers through the whole story. It also reminds you that Jesus Christ appeals to all kinds of people, all around the world, not just Westerners.

One of the most interesting experiences was our visit to the Church of St. It was so unexpected! She sang in the lilting cadences of Aramaic, more and more strongly as she went on, and her prayer echoed throughout the ancient church that we had found by accident on our last day of our pilgrimage.Somehow, I never really connected with Catholic Churches as I moved around the country a couple of times.

It is accessible and interesting. Each chapter is laid out in the same format. A Pilgrimage by click link below Download or read Jesus: To understand Jesus's likely intent, it may help to look at the Hebrew that was antecedent to the Greek.

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Mar Saba , the most important and largest monastery in the Holy Land and the resting place of Saint Sabas which was also the monk who built this monastery. That may seem a bizarre statement to some, but when teaching, studying, working, having children - who I always try to accompany on their assigned readings for school, which are getting pretty good now that they are older - and wanting to dedicate focused reading time to it, this book was much better saved until it could be savored.

He does not of this glibly, but — rather — with great sensitivity and affection towards the people central to the story.

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