Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 71 years and a
priest for over 60 years. His seasoned spirituality is the fruit
of more than 60 years of making and giving the Spiritual Exercises
in all of its formats to priests, religious and laity. It is presented
not in the jargon of academia but in a language that everyone can
understand. He is neither “old breed” nor “new
breed,” he is just “half breed.” Having studied
both the old theology and the new theology he is convinced that
the continuity is so great that you cannot understand the new until
you have mastered the old.
26 is the Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time. This week's Gospel
reading from Matthew 22:34-40 describes an incident where the Pharisees
ask Jesus "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?".
Fr. Rodney's featured reading this week is The Will of God from
his booklet The Dignity and Responsibility of Being Human which
discusses this subject:
testifies that the revelation of God’s will was given gradually
and progressively according to the need and capacity of man. It
began with the Covenant at Sinai. The law was the revelation of
God’s will. Law was Israel’s part of the Covenant. The
law established how the people must live as God’s people in
order to have from Him the salvation, which he has freely decided
to give Israel in the future. (Exodus 34: 10-11; Deuteronomy 30:
the Jews the law was the guidance they needed to come closer to
God, to find their way through the complexities of life, and to
assure them of God’s protection and their own prosperity.
Many today think that the law is responsible for the remarkable
survival of the Jews. For the Jews, Torah did not mean law in the
strict sense, as we understand it today. For them, it meant “teaching”
or “way.” For them, the law was linked indissolubly
with joy, wisdom, understanding, and discernment for those who observe
its precepts. The most famous Psalm in praise of the law (Psalm
119) is more than three times longer than any other Psalm.
divine revelation which began at Sinai culminated in the definitive
revelation of Jesus Christ. (Heb. 1: 1-3) Jesus said that he came
not to destroy the law but to bring it to fulfillment. The Decalogue
is still valid and will always be valid because it is part of the
natural law, the conditions necessary for human beings to live together
in society in peace and in justice.
said that love is the fulfillment of the law. “When the
Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered
together, and one of them, (a scholar in the law) tested him by
asking, ‘Teacher, which commandment is the greatest?’
He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest
and the first commandment. The second is like it. You shall love
your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend
on these two commandments.’” (Deut. 6:5; Lev. 19:18;
Matt. 22: 34-40)
at the Last Supper, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment.
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I
have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how
all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one
another.” (John 13: 14-15)
went even further, he made Himself to be the fulfillment of the
law and the prophets, “I am the way, the truth and the
life.” And his Father confirmed that he was. On Mount
Tabor when Jesus was transfigured between Moses who represents the
law, and Elijah who represents the prophets, the Father said,
“This is my beloved son, listen to him.” God’s
revelation was moving from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant,
from law to love.
is the personification of love and the fulfillment of the law. Jesus
is the greatest expression of the love of God for us, and at the
same time the greatest expression of our human response to that
love. In Jesus, the “medium is the message.”
The entire content of Christianity has been abstracted from the
person and the life of Jesus. To be a Christian is to incarnate
these abstractions into our own personal life so that we become
an “alter Christus,” another Christ. CLICK
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Sense of Humor and Sixty Other Homilies is a collection
of homilies that have been delivered by Fr. Rodney Kissinger,
S.J. over the years to address many of the issues faced by Christians
in contemporary society. This
document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased
at the Kindle store for $2.99.
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Rodney has spent most of his priestly life giving the Spiritual
Exercises, as a preached retreat, a guided retreat, the personally
directed retreat, the 19th annotation retreat and the email retreat.
The Joy of the Spiritual Exercises is
the fruit of these retreats condensed into a single EBook. As Fr.
Rodney states, "Pope Francis exhorts us to proclaim “The
Joy of the Gospel.” The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
is a proclamation of the joy of the Gospel." This document
is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle
store for $2.99.
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compilation of many of his booklets in a single document named Divine
Simplicity. This document is available as a Kindle
EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.
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