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Regular readers will know that Fr. Richard Rohr is one of my spiritual mentors.  In an earlier post- What did Jesus really teach? Rohr explored the non-negotiables  based on the teachings of Jesus which include: Peacemaking/ Love of Enemy/ Forgiveness/ Justice and Generosity to the poor/ A community based on inclusion of all not exclusion. Here is the first in what I hope is a series of posts on What did Jesus really teach?:

Here is an excerpt from  an article written by  Fr. John Dear called-The Nonviolence of Jesus about Jesus’ teaching on Peacemaking:

Jesus, the Teacher of Nonviolence

Fundamentally,  Jesus  was  a  teacher  who  taught  the  way  of  nonviolence….Jesus was often called “rabbi” or “teacher,” and like other itinerant preachers or teachers of his  time, he  traveled  about  with  a  coterie  of  students,  whom  the  Gospels  call  “disciples.”Throughout, Jesus the teacher guides his followers, encourages them, challenges them, questions their preconceptions, and urges them on to the wisdom of nonviolence.

As a teacher, Jesus explained the basic lessons of God’s nonviolence. Jesus taught an entirely new way of life, the way of divine justice and nonviolence. “Jesus lived and died in vain if he did not teach us to regulate the whole of life by the eternal law of love,” wrote Gandhi.

Matthew’s Gospel in particular presents Jesus as a teacher of wisdom, the new lawgiver who teaches God’s way of life.The centerpiece of Jesus’ teaching is the Sermon on the Mount, his formal manifesto of nonviolence. Matthew’s  Sermon  on  the  Mount  (like  Luke’s  Sermon  on  the  Plain)  begins  with  the beatitudes, a list of blessings that outline the life of discipleship in his way of nonviolence.(Mt.5:3-12).

…This upside-down vision of life calls us to be poor, mournful, meek, hungering and thirsting for justice, merciful, pure in heart, peacemaking and willing to be persecuted for justice’s sake. Such
qualities form the core of the way of nonviolence. Actual and spiritual poverty ground the authentic life  of  nonviolence.  Mourners  grieve  the  loss  of  those  killed  by  war,  injustice  and  imperial
oppression. The life which is meek and gentle, hungers for justice, lives pure in heart, practices mercy, and makes peace leads to persecution by the empire of death, Jesus teaches. This life of
nonviolence transforms the world’s imperial violence, but not without the violent striking out in brutal persecution. If everyone adopts the way of nonviolence, as Jesus wants, then all wars, all
injustices and all violence will cease; all nations and empires will abjure oppression, and God will reign on earth as God reigns in heaven–nonviolently.

Please vist Fr. John Dear’s website at: www.fatherjohndear.org
Please vist Fr. Richard Rohr’s website at: www.cacradicalgrace.org

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