This past Lent I set out to restart this book. Eight pages a day was my goal to finish it by the end of Lent. Started out strong the first three weeks; made it through half the book. Never reached my goal until now.
As Pope Benedict says in the Foreword. this book “has had a long gestation” and it shows. The book is not a light read. It’s readable for the average person, but a lot has been packed into it. His intention is to close the gap between the historical Jesus and the Jesus of our faith. It does seem like people in this day and age make Him out to be
some nice idea.
I won’t go into any details, but it covers Jesus’ baptism, Jesus’ temptation in the desert, Gospel of the Kingdom of God, Beatitudes, The Lord’s Prayer, the disciples, three major parables, St. John’s Gospel, Peter’s confession, and the Transfiguration. This book is just one of three.
I would like to reread this again, but not cover to cover. Maybe just read a specific topic as it comes up in a Mass reading.