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The covered bridge on Goshen Road, and the bench where Catherine first sees her hitchhiker.

Jesus in the Gospel of Catherine Deare

THE GOSPEL OF CATHERINE DEARE follows a modern woman traveling with Jesus on a day-to-day basis, experiencing a closeness that neither Hollywood nor the Gospels can convey. Catherine shares Jesus’ routines, has chatty conversations with him that never once mention beatitudes, and watches him interact with a world that sometimes welcomes him and often does not. She witnesses his sense of humor and sudden dark moods, and as her relationship with this immortal man grows more intimate, she discovers his surprising need for her love, and the price they will both pay for it.
 
Jesus’ actions and personality in this novel were derived from the author's own study of both the canonic and non-canonic Gospels, while also taking the imaginative leap of transporting him to the time of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. The synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) were particularly influential, for they depict Jesus as a modest but shrewd teacher whose main function is not to judge us for the afterlife, but to help the world grow spiritually closer to God. He wandered with his disciples along a path that had him crisscrossing the Sea of Galilee in a seemingly aimless route, his destinations changing to wherever he sensed (or was told by God) that he was needed. 
 
Popular culture has not been kind to Jesus. The Church has purposefully painted God’s son as perfect and pure, and always gentle in the face of his adversaries. Hollywood has adopted this interpretation, usually resulting in Jesus being the dullest character in his own story. But Jesus was not dull, or gentle, and he wasn’t necessarily perfect. He was a difficult, complex man, half-mortal and half-immortal and having to deal with that, entrusted with a mission from God while feeling the hot earth under his feet and experiencing conflicting impulses in his heart.
 
One can argue – and this author would -- that the most important moment in the Gospels is not the Resurrection or the saving us from our sins, but that terribly lonely moment when Jesus knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane and begged God to spare his life. It’s the moment when Jesus became one of us, It’s the moment when God possibly understood us. This is the Jesus you will find in THE GOSPEL OF CATHERINE DEARE.

Copyright by Mike Colahan