We bring our hearts to reading the Gospels, but we must bring our heads as well. We must break through our fear to understand that these were people who were with Jesus, who formed a church, who wrote the Gospels—people like you and me. Understanding these people and their world, I hope, will free the Spirit more than ever in our lives.
—from the book Jesus’ Alternative Plan: The Sermon on the Mount
by Richard Rohr, OFM