There is nothing new under the sun: James Martin SJ and Christology 101

What on earth do they teach Jesuits today? Fr Hugh meditates on a harsh penance.

Dominus mihi adjutor

As part of our Lenten penance, we are listening to James Martin SJ’s Jesus: A Pilgrimage in the refectory at lunch. It has been not too bad, the bits I have heard; until today. So many blasts from the past: Jesus “discovering” his “call”, “embracing his vocation” as at the wedding feast at Cana. It was the same old tired Christology-from-below (to put it at its best) that triumphed in the 70s and 80s. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun.
But then it turned a great deal worse, in one brief phrase: Martin referred to Jesus as “a fully human person”. It is a sad indictment of the last 50 years or more of deficient catechetics that any will not see the problem. Jesus is a man, wasn’t he?
Indeed Jesus is human. However, he is not a human person. He is a divine person with a human nature. The…

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