In our third installment of Book Reviews, we turn to the area of Sacred Scripture. We do so with a magnanimous figure, the Venerable Fulton Sheen (1895-1979). Once called “Television’s Most Outstanding Personality” for his engaging warmth, wisdom, and wit, the master communicator was a prolific author as well.
Among his most popular reads stands his classic, Life of Christ, a culmination of many years of prayer, reflection, and research.
There are many scholars who have penned commentaries on the gospel events, but there are few that probe with the depth and simplicity at the same time like that of Fr. Sheen. Applying his appealing blend of history, theology, and common sense, Fr. Sheen weaves beautifully the gospel narratives together to capture a most compelling portrait of the Life of Christ. Sheen’s use of contemporary imagery and down-to-earth writing will have you wrestling anew with the enduring lessons of the gospel message of Jesus Christ. With keen insight, he consistently offers up rich reflections into the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; applying the Old Testament and the Epistles (along with Revelation) as needed. Consequently, Life of Christ is not just a commentary and reflection on the gospel portrait of Christ, but all of Sacred Scripture.
Often referring to Jesus Christ as the God-Man, the Venerable Sheen makes the divinity come alive in the “historical Jesus” and the humanity come alive in the “Christ of faith”. Indeed, to read Life of Christ is to better understand the meaning of Jesus Christ: fully human and fully divine.
What’s more, Life of Christ is an invaluable resource for anyone who is serious about preparing mind and heart for Mass. Every week we listen to the gospel message of Jesus Christ, and every week, we are asked to engage mind and heart into what we hear. To read Life of Christ as an accompaniment to the weekly readings is to be a steward of preparing ourselves for Mass.
Life of Christ stands as a flagship read for anyone seeking to be nourished in the wonderful truths of Sacred Scripture.
Type of Book: Autobiography/Philosophy/Biblical Theology/Christian Spirituality