Father Greg Boyle

April 2016 Video, Discussion & a Meal: “Jesus at the Margins” – Greg Boyle

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  1. “My companion” indicates a very earthy presence, which may contradict some of the “in the heaven bye and bye” notions about Jesus that many people have. Does a description of Jesus as “my companion” ring true of your understanding about Jesus? How have you experienced him, or want to experience him, that way?
  2. St. Ignatius said, “I see Jesus standing at the lowly place.” St. Ignatius lived in the 16th century…a very different world than today. When you think of “the lowly place” where Jesus might be, what comes to your mind?
  3. Father Greg speaks of a “circle of compassion, with nobody standing outside of that circle.” If you are honest, do you imagine the same thing? Is there anyone that you see standing outside of that circle?
  4. Father Greg sought to “imitate the kind of God He could believe in”, and followed Jesus to the place he thought Jesus would be. And, people like Mario and Bobby have been transformed by that love. Where in your life might Jesus be inviting you to go, and be his companion in that place?


Here’s an easy one-dish meal suggestion for a group. Try these Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola. Throw together a big green salad and some hot, crusty bread…and you’re ready! Enjoy!

Greg Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the United States, now it’s in 25th year. Homeboy’s unique and innovative approach of on-the-job training in conjunction with essential wrap-around services, including mental health therapy, tattoo removal, and case management, has become a model for other organizations around the world.

  • Kendra

    April 6, 2016at12:18 am Reply

    Thank you so much for posting this. Just what I needed to hear today.

    • Simply Jesus

      April 9, 2016at7:06 pm Reply

      Our pleasure! So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • lorena929

    April 9, 2016at11:30 pm Reply

    I enjoyed this, but thinking about some questions that focus more on Muslims. I have a group of Jesus followers who are practitioners among them. We are working among the margins, some think we are crazy, it’s hard at times not seeing the fruit we desire. What are some questions that would be good for us as a group to discuss after we watch this? Thanks Lorena

  • Rproulx

    July 29, 2016at6:22 pm Reply

    Much appreciated.

  • Tricia Cunningham

    March 25, 2017at1:02 am Reply

    Father Greg,
    This is just beautiful! I did have one thought… Perhaps we should also brace ourselves for when those inside the four walls of the church don’t understand us as we follow Jesus…
    May God continue to lead and guide you and all the Homeboys – and me, too!

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