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, of whose teachings Christopher West is the preeminent translator for a popular audience. In Word Made Flesh: A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycle B), 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.
Wearing John Paul II’s “spousal lenses,” Christopher West, president of the Theology of the Body Institute, 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. 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.
West provides an overview of the TOB’s main teachings and an explanation of how they brilliantly illuminate the whole story of salvation from Genesis to Revelation. He offers distinctive reflections each week that 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.
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“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.”
Rev. Patrick Schultz
Parochial vicar at Communion of Saints Parish
“A beautiful guide to the Sunday readings.”
“Word Made Flesh is a beautiful guide to the Sunday readings. Christopher West has a gift of making the complex understandable and painting a beautiful picture with his words. Preparing for Sunday Mass with the scripture readings along with these weekly reflections will help draw us closer to the one who wants to marry us, draw us closer to intimacy with him, and who wants us to know the true and beautiful message of our bodies he created. This would make a great gift for many people.”
Pastoral associate at St. Patrick Catholic Church
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
“Brief, deep, and helpful.”
“Christopher West has written a little book that can help everyone enter deeply into the Good News, from priest to teenager 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