Welcome to the Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus!
Upcoming Zoom Programs:
“The Gospel of Peace: Matthew, Mark and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence.” A Three Week Lenten Series with John Dear
Wed., Feb 21, 2024. Session #1 on Matthew
Wed., Feb 28, 2024. Session #2 on Mark
Wed., March 6, 2024. Session #3 on Luke
4 PM Pacific, 5 PM Mountain, 6 PM Central, 7 PM Eastern
Participants are encouraged to order the book at the special discount price. See info for details
John Dear’s new book now available
“The Gospel of Peace:
Reading Matthew, Mark & Luke
from the Perspective of Nonviolence”
Call Orbis Books at 1-800-258-5838 and give them the special code: “JDT”
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Quote for the Day:
“The wolf shall live with the lamb; the leopard shall lie down with the kid. The calf and the lion will feed together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the
adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the God of peace as the waters cover the sea.”
Quote for the Day:
“Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be in it, his place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured, exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world.”
February 20, 2024
Dear friends, Blessings of Christ’s peace to you!
“Have you never read the scriptures?” That’s one of the amazing questions Jesus repeatedly asks the religious authorities who support the Roman empire and seek to maintain its unjust status quo. It’s a question we can ask one another.
I refer specifically to the four Gospels. That’s what we need to read and reread because, I submit, the Gospels stand against everything in our own current unjust status quo.
During my three week Lenten class on my new book, “The Gospel of Peace,” I will spend time with each of the synoptics. Tomorrow, we will begin with Matthew. Next Wednesday, Feb. 28th, we will talk about Mark, which I will propose as a call to radical discipleship to the nonviolent Jesus in his permanent nonviolent resistance to the culture of injustice and empire as well as total obedience to the God of peace and citizenship in God’s reign of peace.
When the Gospel of Mark is read this way, from a Gandhian/Kingian hermeneutic, it is nothing less than revolutionary. Perhaps that’s why we do not read or discuss the Gospels much anymore.