All Catholics - laity, religious and clergy alike - are invited by Pope Francis to reach out to show others the beauty of the Christian life and the joy that flows from it. To evangelise others, though, we must first be evangelised ourselves.
The narrative of Jesus as related in the four Gospels facilitates the process of Christian initiation and maturation. They introduce us successively to the Christological (Mark), ecclesial (Matthew), missionary (Luke-Acts) and contemplative (John) dimensions of Christian discipleship. Through a better understanding of the story of Jesus we are enabled to become ‘missionary disciples’ and ‘contemplatives in action’.
The Four Gospels: Following in the Footsteps of Jesus provides an accessible and informed guide to the fruitful and prayerful reading of each of the four Gospels in turn. In this way, believers are equipped to consolidate their belief and are better placed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ with courage and conviction.
I found this to be a really helpful book and will return to it often. Fr Maurice Hogan writes elegantly with clarity and an economy of words never losing his focus. There is a call on all of us to reach out and to share with others the beauty of the Christian life and the joy that flows from it. – Denis Murphy op, Spirituality Magazine
In this book, like in a symphony, different moments are set before us in the form of four distinct chapters on each of the Gospels. In a masterful manner, Fr Maurice Hogan summarises the content of each Gospel. Unlike the lives of Christ that were a feature of our past, reading these chapters capture the distinct nuances of each gospel presentation. I sensed here the oral tradition and the persuasive intent that preceded the writing down of each Gospel.
We are blest with these Gospels enabling us today, in the setting of our prayer life, to encounter the living Jesus. This book is not just a repeat of all we ever knew about Jesus. Rather, in a more interesting manner we are led to Jesus. Fashioned and formed by our reading, we are enabled to pray with new heart and so are led to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to others with courage and conviction.
I found this to be a really helpful book and will return to it often. Fr Maurice Hogan writes elegantly with clarity and an economy of words never losing his focus. There is a call on all of us to reach out and to share with others the beauty of the Christian life and the joy that flows from it. As people of faith, we are blest with a conviction that in Jesus we have God speaking to us. We journey on our pilgrim way in life with hope. Jesus has dealt with evil and death. He has the secret of life and death. There is then for us the call to know Jesus in the here and now of our daily lives.
The narrative of Jesus, as related in the four Gospels, facilitates the process of Christian initiation and maturation. The over-arching schema of Fr Maurice Hogan’s book is presenting each of the Gospels as a text, a kind of manual that is given to people at a particular point in their journey of faith. In Mark we have reference to Jesus as the One sent to us. In Matthew, the realities of our calling in the heart of the Christian community are stressed. Then the Gospel of Luke is given to us in the setting of the missionary thrust that leads us to go out to others. Finally, for all of us, the contemplative dimension of the Christian calling is highlighted in St John's Gospel.
– Spirituality, September/October 2015