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Word Made Flesh

Word Made Flesh

A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycle A) 

Author: Christopher West

Price: $11.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-935-6

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: August 30, 2019

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Description

One of the most influential and fastest-growing movements in the Church today is centered on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB), of whose teachings Christopher West is the preeminent translator for a popular audience. In Word Made Flesh: A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycle A), West offers reflections on an entire cycle of Sunday Mass readings through the lens of TOB, providing a fresh way to process and act on the Good News by orienting our desires for union with God with our understanding of ourselves and our relationships with others. 

St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body is most often framed as an extended catechesis on human sexuality and married love.  It is that, to be sure, but, as John Paul II observed, what we learn in the TOB “concerns the whole Bible” and the “whole mission of Christ.”  Wearing John Paul II’s “spousal lenses,” West takes us on a tour of the Sunday readings throughout the liturgical year and opens their hidden meaning, allowing God’s word to take flesh in our own lives.

In a clearly written introduction, Christopher West provides a primer on TOB—an overview of its main teachings and an explanation of how these teachings brilliantly illuminate the whole story of salvation from Genesis to Revelation.

In Word Made Flesh, West offers distinctive reflections on all fifty-two Sunday readings from the first Sunday of Advent through Christ the King Sunday. Some weeks he focuses primarily on the Gospel, while in others he emphasizes a specific passage or verse from one of the other readings. The reflections naturally and deeply connect with the human experience of living with body and soul in the world while also contemplating the nature of the glorified body in the eternal kingdom to come.

The material in Word Made Flesh can be used as a weekly devotional, as preparation for Sunday Mass, or to aid priests or deacons in preparing their homilies. Word Made Flesh (Cycle B) will be released for Advent 2020.

Praise

"Every Catholic can benefit from this companion."

"The entirety of the scriptures—from Genesis to Revelation—recounts the story of God’s profound love for his creation. Christopher West’s Word Made Flesh provides an ongoing reflection on this love through the lens of St. John Paul II’s catechesis on the nuptial meaning of creation. Since these meditations follow the Sunday Lectionary, every Catholic can benefit from this companion as they pray their way through the liturgical year."

Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend

"Brief, deep, and helpful."

"A little book that can help all enter deeply into the Good News, from priest to high school teen to the woman praying the Rosary. West’s comments on scripture are brief, deep, and helpful."

Rev. Ryan Mann
Parochial vicar at St. John Neumann Catholic Church
Strongsville, Ohio

"A great gift."

"A beautiful guide to the Sunday readings. This would make a great gift for so many people."

Suzy Luecke
Pastoral associate at St. Patrick Catholic Church
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"An unparalleled gift."

"This new work by Christopher West is an unparalleled gift to preachers and laity alike, providing insightful reflections on the yearly liturgical readings. His expertise in St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body that he brings to bear upon the scriptural texts is such a gift, as he unfolds the mystical depths of the liturgy. As a priest, I’m always trying to figure out how to communicate this glorious, life-transforming vision of love, humanity, and worship in the limited space of a Sunday homily. West’s book makes that challenge more attainable; it’s a must-have for any priest who desires his people to understand what it means to be invited to the Supper of the Lamb."

Rev. Patrick Schultz
Parochial vicar at Communion of Saints Parish
Cleveland, Ohio

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