St. John of God

San Francisco, CA

Father Tom Bonacci, C.P., Interfaith Peace Project

 

Four Part Series

THE INTERFAITH JESUS

 

In a day and age when so many powerful political “leaders” are inviting us to fear and hostility regarding the “strangers” in our midst, we turn to Jesus to discern his fundamental attitude of heart regarding the people powerful people fear and dismiss as less than human.  Instead of seeing ourselves as first, we are called, as disciples of Jesus, to exalt the lowly and honor the “stranger” among us.  Our four-week series explores the Interfaith Heart of Jesus to help cope with this dangerous tendency to see others as less than ourselves.

 

Four Thursdays Evenings

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

February 23, 2017

The God of All Peoples

 

We will survey the “religion of Jesus” attempting to discover from his understanding and experience of Judaism his understanding of the human person, the World, and God.

 

March 16, 2017

Did I not Set Free Your Enemies?

 

We continue to explore the “religion of Jesus” from the perspectives of his early life as best as we can discern any historical reality from the New Testament sources.  Even if the New Testament stories were developed or embellished, we might ask why and what do they tell us about the New Testament understanding of Jesus and his openness to people of diverse and varied faiths.

 

April 27, 2017

Who Touched Me?

 

Mark Chapter Five has often been called a “Gospel within a Gospel.”  We will explore the journeys of Jesus portrayed in this rather marvelous text discerning the interfaith heart and soul of Jesus and the subsequent Jesus Movement. 

 

June 1, 2017

Seeing the Way Jesus Died

 

We conclude our series by returning to the foot of the Cross in Mark 15: 22-39.  In the aftermath of the death of Jesus, we encounter a most remarkable event concerning the Roman Centurion who presided over the execution of Jesus.  We will explore the generous self-donation of Jesus as a model for what it means to be a person and disciple of interfaith love, respect and understanding.