Here’s what I learned from Ken Overberg, S.J., in his recent homily delivered to the students and baby boomers of Xavier University’s Bellarmine Chapel:

  1. “Our gospels are not exact histories or biographies.”
  2. “At least three layers make up the gospels: the words and deeds of Jesus, later
    remembering and interpreting the life of Jesus (some preached, some written), and still later in new contexts the written gospels.”
  3. “As best as we can tell, Jesus did not share” Luke’s “view” of salvation.
  4.  The purpose of suffering presented in the Letter to the Hebrews “contradicts Jesus’ image of God.”