About this Book:
"Steal a few moments and give them to God. He is sure to be present."
In this spiritual companion, you are invited to personally encounter Jesus Christ through twenty-one Scriptural meditations which unlock unique perspectives on the mysteries of his life. Revealing how the Word of God is a light for all of us, best-selling author Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield shows you how to develop a more meaningful relationship with Christ through prayer. Whether you are seeking to revive or deepen your prayer life, this book will bring you into fruitful conversation with Jesus.
Each chapter takes up a different Gospel account from pages of the New Testament and draws you into meditation. Highlighting the new in the familiar, this guide equips you with a refreshing way to deepen your prayer life through looking for the unexpected in Scripture. Extending beyond sentimental, self-styled meditations that only focus on the self, this book focuses on Jesus in a way that opens up the mystery and beauty to your everyday life.
Chapter Contents: Chapter One: The Annunciation
Chapter Two: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Chapter Three: Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord
Chapter Four: "Isn't this the Son of Joseph?"
Chapter Five: Casting Out a Demon
Chapter Six: Follow Me: The Call of Saint Matthew
Chapter Seven: The Great Catch of Fish
Chapter Eight: The Cleansing of a Leper
Chapter Nine: The Wedding Feast of Cana
Chapter Ten: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Chapter Eleven: "Zacchaeus, Come Down"
Chapter Twelve: The Pool of Bethesda
Chapter Thirteen: Martha and Mary
Chapter Fourteen: The Woman Caught in Adultery
Chapter Fifteen: "Love Your Enemies"
Chapter Sixteen: The Sinful Woman
Chapter Seventeen: The Unjust Judge
Chapter Eighteen: The Defenseless God
Chapter Nineteen: The Stone Was Moved Away
Chapter Twenty: The Sea of Tiberius: Old Ways Are Never Far Away
Chapter Twenty-One: St. Stephen: The First Martyr
Features & Benefits:
About the Author:
- Authored by best-selling author of spirituality titles
- Foreword written by Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago
- Offers flexible format of interrelated chapters that can be read independently
- Examines meaning of Greek terms
- Incorporates quotes from Church Fathers and saints
- References the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Church teaching
- Integrates some Biblical exegesis
- Includes applications to current affairs and concerns
- Acknowledges contemporary lifestyle
- Encourages meditation on passages not contained in the book
Reverend Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Currently, he serves as the Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He also is an adjunct professor of moral theology on the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Msgr. Bransfield holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and has served on the faculty of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia as a professor of moral theology. He is the author of the best-selling book The Human Person: According to John Paul II (Pauline Books & Media, 2010) and Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ (Pauline Books & Media, 2011).
What Are People Saying about this Title?
"The door of faith opens to the Person of Jesus Christ. Msgr. Brian Bransfield's latest book, Meeting Jesus Christ: Meditations on the Word invites the reader to be drawn in and meet Jesus, so as to love Him and make Him known and loved."
-Bishop Paul Sirba, Diocese of Duluth
"Bransfield shows us that the scenes of the Gospels are not sword-and-sandal dramas. They're our lives. Jesus is walking our streets, and he's healing people who have jobs and emotions and motives that are a lot like yours and mine. "God loves to hide in the ordinary," the author tells us as he enlists us in his search party."
-Mike Aquilina, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, EWTN host
"This is not a book to be read; it's to be experienced. Msgr. Bransfield opens up the Scriptures in a way that brings Jesus to life with a tender brilliance that makes it difficult to close the book and end such a profound encounter."
-Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, Author and Staff Journalist for Women of Grace.com
"Bransfield has the uncanny ability to make Mary, Peter, the healed leper, etc. as real as the people we pass in the street. It is as if we are reliving the Biblical events through their hearts and minds, their fears and hopes."
-Joe Atkinson, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Biblical Association
Trim size: 5¼" x 8"
Keywords: Matthew-Mark-Luke-John-Christian living-spirituality