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Jesus and the spiritual life


More from Eugene Peterson on how to stay focused in the spiritual life.  He focuses on Jesus in this selection of quotes

Jesus is the name that keeps us attentive to the God-defined, God-revealed life. 31

Jesus is the central and defining figure in the spiritual life.   . . He brings out into the open what we could never have figured out for ourselves. 31

Jesus prevents us from thinking that life is a matter of ideas to ponder or concepts to discuss.  Jesus saves us from wasting our lives in the pursuit of cheap thrills and trivializing diversions.  Jesus enables us to take seriously who we are and where we are without being reduced by the intimidating lies and illusions that fill the air, so that we needn’t be someone else or somewhere else.  Jesus keeps our feet on the ground, attentive to children, in conversation with ordinary people, sharing meals with friends and strangers, listening to the wind, observing the wildflowers, touching the sick and wounded, praying simply and unselfconsciously.  Jesus insists that we deal with God right here and now, in the place we find ourselves and with the people we are with.  Jesus is God here and now.  33-34

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