October 10, 2018 - Jesus: Lord and Messiah

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. ... Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.

-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I hope you are all enjoying a wee bit of sunshine on this very windy morning! We had a small group this week, but we covered a lot of material! Thank you so much to Mary Perry White for leading us in the contemplative walk through the labyrinth at St. Mary’s. For those of you who missed it, we will have some material for you this week and give a very brief overview of what this is. Thank you to Pete for his wonderful reflection on the Gospel Alleluia and what it means to be a Christian. We had the wonderful privilege this week of being joined by Father Reddy, and thank you to Ryan for his presentation on Chapter 3 of This is Our Faith - Jesus: Lord and Messiah. We had a lot of discussion this week so Ryan will be continuing his presentation next Wednesday as well as moving on to Chapter 4 - Jesus: Teacher and Saviour.

A copy of Ryan's presentiation for this week is here. A copy of the handout is here.