The January meeting was our opportunity to discuss Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI’s bestseller. Some people joined us specifically because they were interested to hear our discussion on the featured book, and we also welcomed a new member, Father John. Two of our regular members were away travelling.
We spent some time at the beginning on planning for our second anniversary celebration in February, working out the menu for the potluck and planning the dramatic reading.
Then we got down to our discussion. Everyone had high praise for the book. The general consensus was that, because it is so deep, reading small sections and then letting those thoughts and explanations sink in is the best approach. Weaving together so many elements of the Scriptures to build his images of Christ, explicating parables, clarifying Jewish thought, referencing the works of other scholars of Scripture–these were some of the instances mentioned as people praised the pope’s efforts. People agreed that it was a book which could be read over again with much benefit, and several expressed enthusiasm for the following volume due to be published this spring.
We finished with a vote on our favourite book of 2010, and Silence by Shusaku Endo was the winner, with second place going to John Henry Newman: His Inner Life.