For a few weeks now we have re-entered Ordinary Time. For many the excitement of the big church seasons of Lent/ Easter/ Pentecost and various Solemnities have given way to the wearing of the liturgical green of boring old Ordinary Time.
For some, and I would include myself in this group, this is the part of the church year where we learn about the call. We discover what it means to be a follower of the Way.
The Hidden Power of the Gospels by Alexander J. Shaia, is a book that explores how our journey as disciples of the Christ relates to the four Christian gospels. Dr. Shaia suggests that there are four progressive paths we take and that each corresponds to the four gospels and the four great questions of the spiritual life -
First Path: How do we face change?
Climbing the Great Mountain of Matthew
Second Path: How do we move through suffering?
Crossing Mark’s Stormy Sea
Third Path: How do we receive joy?
Resting in John’s Glorious Garden
Fourth Path: How do we mature in service?
Walking Luke’s Road of Riches
The link below will take you to a one-hour interview hosted by Rev. Alan Jones who, at the time was head of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco with Dr. Shaia. So if you are a traveler that enjoys listening to Christians of different traditions talk about the life of Christ, then please feel free to visit Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for some far reaching discussions and perhaps a view of the gospels you have never experienced before. Prepare to go “Beyond the Biography of Jesus”.