Jesus Was a Radical


What does radical mean? It means to get to the “root” of things.

Jesus was interested in getting deep down to the root of things. He was interested in what was essential—not the fluffy periphery, but the core, the center, the heart of things.

Jesus wasn’t trapped by the notion of political correctness. He wasn’t burdened with the need to be liked by people. He wasn’t moved by the desire for expediency or convenience. Instead, he simply allowed truth to reign supreme.

Truth is radical.

To abide completely by the truth in every situation in our lives is incredibly difficult. It requires both the heart of a saint and the diplomacy of an experienced ambassador. Every day we are tempted in dozens of ways to have a casual relationship with truth. Many situations emerge each week in which we are tempted to ignore the truth, or bend it, stretch it, or massage it, out of political correctness, a desire to be liked, expediency, or convenience.

But Jesus didn’t have a casual relationship with truth, and that is radical. He was interested in getting to the root of things. Through this lens of truth Jesus places everything in its proper place, bringing order to every aspect of life, and demonstrates the true value of things. We all yearn for this divine ordering. The challenge is to surrender and allow God to put our lives in order. The fruit of this surrender is the peace and joy that we all desire.

Excerpt taken from Chapter 8 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).


When was the last time you had the courage to seek out the root of an important issue?


Identify a problem in your life. Take it to prayer, and have the courage to get to the root of it.


Jesus, point me toward the root of things, and give me an extra nudge when I am tempted to settle for the shallow and the superficial.

Watch today’s second video, featuring a Dynamic Catholic team member. Shawna Navaro is our Design Team leader and comes to us from Lubbock, Texas. Although she has been at Dynamic Catholic for five years, she will always be a southern girl. Shawna is a new mom and completely in love with her husband, Tim, and their one-year-old son, Vinny James.

When was the last time you had the courage to seek out the root of an important issue?