Fr. Mitch Pacwa has a gift for opening up the Scriptures, and he offers Catholics such a gift in this book of meditations on the beginnings of Jesus’ public ministry. Based on Ignatian principles, the thirty-nine mediations are meant to help readers use their imagination to enter into the Gospel scene and experience the presence of Jesus.
From Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan to his temptation in the desert and the wedding feast at Cana, Fr. Pacwa provides fascinating background information about the text, such as the geography of Palestine and Jewish customs and ideas. Then he asks a series of questions that are intended to lead readers into a deeper examination of their own life and mission in the world today.
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. is a respected Scripture Scholar, Author, and popular EWTN Television and Radio Host, as well as the founder and President of IGNATIUS PRODUCTIONS a teaching and media apostolate. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Detroit, summa cum laude. He was ordained a Jesuit Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus and then continued his studies. He received his Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts, Ph.D. in Old Testament.
Father Pacwa has taught at the high school, university, and seminary levels. He has lectured at hundreds of conferences and churches around the world and is best known for his appearances on EWTN - The Global Catholic Television Network www.ewtn.com. Father Pacwa is fluent in twelve languages and has a unique understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East and is respected for his knowledge on Islam and the Qur'an. Father Pacwa serves as Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and has led thousands of pilgrims to holy sites around the world. He is also has the privilege of being bi-ritual, which means he can also celebrate the Maronite Mass of the Eastern Catholic Church.
This is vintage Fr. Pacwa guiding us, like his master St. Ignatius in a richly imaginative and prayerful reading of Gospel texts. This book provides a solid foundation of a truly biblical spirituality.
- Scott Hahn, professor of theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and author of Joy to the World: How Christ s Coming Changed Everything
Fr. Pacwa helps us encounter Jesus just as Peter, Andrew, and John did when he first stepped onto the public stage long ago. Through Biblical reflections and prayerful meditations, this book takes us back into the first-century world of Christ's day and deep into the Gospels so that we can encounter Jesus anew today in a way that shapes our lives.
- Edward Sri, Augustine Institute professor of theology and author of A Biblical Walk through the Mass
While we often look to the Gospels for answers, Fr. Mitch Pacwa shows us that we are also confronted with probing questions: What is Jesus calling me to do? What is he calling me to leave behind? What in me requires his healing touch? Read this book if you want deeper insight into Scripture and yourself.
- Marcellino D Ambrosio, founder, The Crossroads Initiative, and author of 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent