Quotes That I Have Gathered – J

Jesus

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus quotes Augustine: “Jesus is the answer to every problem.” An apt slogan, but a dangerous one.

One can contrast the “Jesus followers” who tend to ignore the fundamental breaking‑points in Jesus’ life and his totally patient, submissive relation to his Father, and on the other hand “disciples of Christ,” who are in danger of turning him into a myth, in no way essentially connected with Jesus of Nazareth. Each would do well to acknowledge the Christian status of the other: a belief in Jesus as that definitive saving reality which gives purpose to life. Edward

Schillebeeckx, Jesus

Although one can appreciate the enthusiasm for Jesus as an inspiring human being, it entails no binding invitation, can bear no stamp of the universally human, unless it can be shown that “the creator,” the God of Jews, Muslims, Christians and so many others, is personally implicated in this Jesus event.

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

There are no ghosts or gods in disguise wandering around in our human history: only people . . . Jesus is the revelation, in personal form, of God.

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

Through a lack of well‑grounded information, a lot of people fall into an ‘overbearing’ style of Christian belief, overbearing and even un‑Christian in its absolutist claims, so alien to Jesus and his gospel.

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

The historian must ask: What manner of man must this have been who could trigger such extreme reactions: on the one hand, unconditional faith and on the other aggressive disbelief?

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

The titles used to honor Jesus, e.g. son of man, messiah, Christ, have meanings relative to the culture and experience of those using the title.

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

What the historical Jesus left us was not in the first instance a sort of resume of his preaching, but an eschatalogical liberation movement for bringing together people in unity. Universal shalom.

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

[T]he final and definitive meaning in our own life by reference to Jesus of Nazareth is not something given or appropriated once and for all. It is a decision that a person must take, subject to circumstances, over and over again, and then must continually re‑articulate. To put it another way, the constant factor is the changing life of the “assembly of God.”

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

All this means that the present with its contemporary empirical models has to be the place where we, as Christians, must make our Christological response. Proclamation and theology must always have a time index. Unless we recognize this, we are putting our faith in a purely ideological, abstract or magical kerygma: “Jesus is the Lord.”

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

Jesus, and the oppressed

Mark 2:17b: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Ahn Byung‑mu says, “He loved people with partiality. Whatever the situation he always stood on the side of the oppressed, the aggrieved, and the weak.” The minjung are the sinners, the tax collectors, the sick, those who opposed the powers of Jerusalem, the despised people of Galilee, the prostitutes. It that is true, we must do theology not about the minjung, but of and by the minjung.

Suh Kwang‑Sun David, Minjung Theology

Jesus, ascension into heaven

If you read “Jesus ascended to heaven” in terms of its metaphoric connotation, you see that he has gone inward ‑ not into outer space but into inward space, to the place from which all being comes, into the consciousness that is the source of all things, the kingdom of heaven within…..It is a metaphor of returning to the source, alpha and omega, of leaving the fixation on the body behind and going to the body’s dynamic source.

Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Adventure

Jesus, hermeneutical understanding

The hermeneutical problem, or the problem of understanding a Christological belief in Jesus of Nazareth, is centered on a conflict: the critical tension between the phenomenon of Jesus, his person, message, ministry and death, and the religious and cultural expectations, aspirations, and ideologies present in the culture constituting his environments and the environment of those who expressed what they were confronted with in Jesus.

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

Jesus, historical interpretation

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings. Heb. 13:8‑9. This passage eventually took on a metaphysical and theological significance to mean Jesus in his eternal being was unchangeable. But the history of images of Jesus through the centuries has been kaleidoscopic in variety.

Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries

Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries, quotes Albert Schweitzer:

Each successive epoch found its own thoughts in Jesus, which was, indeed, the only way in which it could make him live[; for typically, one] created him in accordance with one’s own character. . . . There is no historical task which so reveals someone’s true self as the writing of a Life of Jesus.

Jesus, Presence of

“I am with you all the days” ‑ there is more in this than meets the eye. It says: I am with you all the days to teach you humility. For what can we possibly do for him that will give us the right to feel we are really serving him? You remember the legend of St. Christopher. When he carried a small child across the river, his burden became heavier and heavier until it weighted him down. St. Christopher said he could bear no greater load and the child replied, “Thou has borne on thy shoulders all the world and him who created it.” In Jesus’ promise, “I am with you,” there is a heavy weight like that. For whoever feels his presence will be weighted down by him. Only those who feel his presence know how unholy and sinful their wills are. Yes, I would say only they truly know what sin is.

Schweitzer, Sermon, “Christ in Our Life,” 1904

Jesus, Speaking in a Human Way

Last Good Friday, while we were meditating in deep devotion upon his death, in France someone was removing his picture from the law courts, where until then he had looked down at the judges. Those who gave the order for this could never have heard anyone speak of Jesus in a human way. They heard him referred to in dead formulas and dogmas, so they thought he belonged only to the church, and they did not appreciate his simple human greatness. Often it appears that the world cannot penetrate to Jesus because he is so boxed in by dogmas.

Schweitzer, Sermon, “Christ in our Life,” 1904

Jesus, The Name of

Nothing restrains anger, curbs pride, heals the wound of malice, bridles self‑indulgence, quenches the passions, checks avarice and puts unclean thoughts to flight as does the Name of Jesus. For when I name His Name, I call to mind a Man meek and lowly of mind, generous, reasonable, pure, merciful ‑ a Man conspicuous in fact for everything in which integrity and holiness consist; and, at the same time, in the same Lord Jesus I see Almighty God. As Man, He heals me by His example; as God, He strengthens me by His aid. Bernard of Clairvaux

[There is no gnosticism in this statement, there is nothing magical about the name of Jesus, apart from the concreteness of his life. Because of that concreteness the life of Jesus can have meaning to me as a concrete human being. St. Bernard also goes on to address Jesus as God. Probably for St. Bernard, this Jesus as God was different from us “mortals”. However, for me, I choose to believe that even in that aspect, we share in the nature of Jesus. We all are created in the image of God, we each are God’s children. Insofar as we remove sin from our hearts, as Jesus removed sin from his heart, we allow ourselves to become God’s vessel. “Let your lights so shine . . . ” that mankind may see the hand of God at work. RW 12‑20‑91

Judgment

One lives only once. If when death comes they life is well spent, that is, spent so that it is related rightly to eternity ‑ then God be praised eternally. If not, then it is irremediable ‑ one lives only once.

Soren Kierkegaard

Justice

The more one begins to consider the problem of justice, the more impossible and visionary any full justice appears to be.” Well‑being cannot be achieved for all; for some the process will always being injustice ill‑being.

Marjorie Suchock, God‑Christ‑Church

She goes on to ask, “Is the notion of justice necessarily to be tailored to a smaller scale so that we might find contentment in lesser conditions?” She answers:

1. If the field of justice is restricted to any area or group or time, so that some are categorically outside the range of well‑being, then justice is contradicted at its core.

2. A second danger lies not with the contradiction to the nature of justice entailed by its limitations in scope or vision, but in complacency. If well‑being is the foundation of a society, then the society must be dynamic.

3. Finally, unless a vision of justice holds within it the real possibility of its fulfillment, it cannot inspire the hope which is so necessary to effect action. The loss of hope is the loss of effort; the loss of effort is the reinforcement of complacency, which is the loss of dynamism ‑ justice yields to injustice.

Marjorie Suchocki, God, Christ, Church

Whatever you do is evil for someone. This is one of the ironies of the whole creation. You’ve got to say yes to life and see it as magnificent this way: for this is surely the way God intended it….. Pain is part of there being a world at all.

Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Adventure

Interdependence in relationality is a basic condition of justice: acting for the other’s good is at the same time acting for one’s own good, and the impoverishment of one is the impoverishment of all.

Marjorie Suchocki, God, Christ, Church

The many for the one and the one for the many: justice involves a rhythmic interdependence; justice involves a mutual enrichment and harmony. . . . The many finally enjoy the unity of the one, each contributing what value has been achieved and benefiting from the values of others in the transformation of judgment and harmony. Justice is not an illusory dream; justice is as real as God.

Marjorie Suchocki, God, Christ, Church

Justice is universal of all cultures. It is a tightrope that man walks, between his desire to fulfill his wishes, and his acknowledgement of social responsibility. No animal is faced with this dilemma: an animal is either social or solitary.

J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

Natural Law aims at justice, and at moderate certainty in the man‑made rules. To be practically meaningful, however, judicial justice must be justice not merely in the abstract but in the concrete.

See also “Hope”

Justice, and Prejudice

[The Human mind, even at infancy, is no blank piece of paper. We are born with predispositions; and the process of education, formal and informal, creates attitudes. Without acquired slants, pre‑conceptions, life could not go on. . . . An “open mind” in the sense of a mind containing no preconceptions whatever, would be a mind incapable of learning anything, would be that of an utterly emotionless human being, corresponding roughly to the psychiatrist’s descriptions of the feeble‑minded.

Frankly, to recognize the existence of such prejudices is the part of wisdom. The conscientious judge will, as far as possible, make himself aware of his biases of this character, and by that very self‑knowledge nullify their effect.]            Personal note

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