Following in the Footsteps of Jesus invites lectionary-reading Christians to follow along with the Sunday Gospel readings and meditate on the truth of the Gospel. Pagola affirms that we can best perceive the truth of the Gospel by meditating long on the divine words of Jesus. Heartfelt familiarity with the Gospels inspires us with Jesus’s love for the world, builds up enthusiasm for the Kingdom of God, and makes room for his Spirit to rest in us. Readers are invited to begin—or begin again—with these meditations.
With readings keyed to the Catholic lectionary, this devotional provides a seamless and convenient study experience through Logos. Read along with the Gospel reading and the rest of Sunday’s Scripture readings in your lectionary, meditating of God’s Word in full, as you open this devotional alongside your Catholic lectionary on your desktop or smartphone.
What Pagola impresses upon readers is that fact that following Jesus is serious business and not to be taken lightly. In the Introduction, Pagola makes the point: ‘People change from within. Perhaps one of the most serious problems of our religion is that we do not change, because only what flows through our hearts changes our lives, and frequently [it] is not the vital sap of Jesus that passes through our hearts.’
—National Federation of Priest’s Council
Pagola supplies the gospel text (from the NIV interestingly enough), adds his own brief commentary on that text, and more importantly, some devotional reflections that he hopes will draw in the reader to a more personal connection with Jesus. In glancing through his thoughts, I found them often provocative and challenging. He raises questions for personal consideration, but also repeatedly asks how following Jesus might help transform our churches. He laments the state of many churches that celebrate the Risen Jesus, the vine full of life, but which are made up of dead branches.
—William W. Klein, professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
More than ever we need Jesus.We need him as the centre of our personal lives and of our Church. But Jesus, too, needs followers afire with His passion for God’s reign, who will join Him and spend themselves for the Kingdom of God in today’s world. . . José Antonio Pagola opens before us unsuspected paths in our following of Jesus.
—Vasco do Rego, SJ
José Antonio Pagola was born in Spain in 1937. He completed his theological studies in 1962 at the Papal Gregorian University in Rome, and his studies in Sacred Scripture at the Papal Biblical Institute in Rome in 1963. He also studied biblical sciences at the École Biblique in Jerusalem. Pagola is a professor at St. Sebastian Seminary and at the Faculty of Theology of Northern Spain. He has dedicated his life to biblical studies and Christology and has done research on the historical Jesus for more than 30 years.