Father Mark Dean, OMI, writes:
As the disciples walked along the road to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24: 13f) they were joined by a stranger who opened for them a complete new understanding of scriptures well-known to them.
I would like to share with you how, with the help of Fr. James Alison (a stranger, perhaps, to you at this time), I have come to see the Scriptures in a new light… a light whose source is the Risen Christ.
We will first look at a way of understanding ourselves (through a look at how human culture is formed), and how this self-understanding impacts our understanding of God.
We will also look at how the Risen Lord was not at all the kind of Risen Lord which the disciples could have expected. He came to them, quite unexpectedly, as Forgiving Victim.
Then we will look at some well-known parables and see how they may point us in a direction we had not anticipated when seen through the heart of Jesus, the Forgiving Victim. Such new insights may cause us to reconsider how we understand such terms as “God’s wrath…” or Atonement theology.
Father Mark serves at the King’s Retreat House in Belleville, Illinois, providing retreats and presentations.
Cost: $335 for retreat and meals – or – $460 for retreat, meals and overnight room
$200 for Dominican Sisters and other religious
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