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Fr. 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.

October 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:

History 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: 15-19)

For 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.


The 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.

Jesus 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)

Then 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)

Jesus 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.

Jesus 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 HERE for the entire chapter.


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God's 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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Fr. 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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A 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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