John 10:11-18, The Life-giving Shepherd, Our Mother

[April 26, 2015] Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter, the Sunday we celebrate Jesus as the Good Shepherd. How is this an Easter text? Because the good shepherd lays down his life (his soul) for his sheep—unlike the hireling—laying it down of his own free will and by his own power (as . . . → Read More: John 10:11-18, The Life-giving Shepherd, Our Mother

John 20:19-31, Jesus Was Already There

[April 12, 2015; the Second Sunday of Easter] I have merely an hour to reflect on this, not having slept at all last night, so I ask in advance for your pardon with respect to its shallowness.

In verse 17 of chapter 20 in John’s gospel the resurrected Jesus told Mary . . . → Read More: John 20:19-31, Jesus Was Already There

John 12:12-16, Hail, King Jesus!

[March 29, 2015: Palm Sunday] From the New Jerusalem Bible:

12-13 The next day the great crowd of people who had come up for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took branches of palm and went out to receive him, shouting:

“Hosanna! Blessed is he . . . → Read More: John 12:12-16, Hail, King Jesus!

John 12:20-33, The Glorification of the Son

[March 22, 2015] This is the beginning of Passiontide and the last Sunday of Lent before Holy Week begins. During the Sundays of Lent, after speaking of Jesus’ forty-days in the wilderness, the gospel texts all speak explicitly of the cross. Today it specifically associates the glorification of the Son of Man with . . . → Read More: John 12:20-33, The Glorification of the Son

John 3:14-21, Jesus and Faith in Him

[March 15, 2015] As the week of the Passion approaches, what we call Holy Week, that begins with Palm Sunday (Jesus’ public arrival at Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover) and moves on to Maundy Thursday (the night of the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal and arrest) and Good Friday (the day of . . . → Read More: John 3:14-21, Jesus and Faith in Him

John 2:13-22, The Cleansing of the Temple

[March 8, 2015] For the third Sunday of Lent we switch gospels from Mark to John. John’s gospel is more interpretive of the events in Jesus’ life than the others, and is the result of a far longer meditation on the meaning of those event. In today’s text Jesus cleanses the Temple. We . . . → Read More: John 2:13-22, The Cleansing of the Temple

John 1:43-51, Sermon Thoughts

[January 25, 2014] So, most of chapter 1 of the Gospel according to John has Jesus calling a handful of disciples, the first from John the Baptist, others on their own. This takes place after John the Baptist speaks of the Holy Spirit marking Jesus out and John testifying that “this one” is the (Passover?) . . . → Read More: John 1:43-51, Sermon Thoughts

John 1:43-51, Heaven Opens for Us

[January 18, 2015] Today, the Second Sunday of Epiphany, in our reflection on the Gospel, we switch back to the Gospel according to John. Last Sunday (see here) we paid attention to the baptism of Jesus and observed that when he was baptized, he saw the heavens torn open and then, as he . . . → Read More: John 1:43-51, Heaven Opens for Us

John 1:1-18, The Mystery of Jesus

[December 28, 2014] For today, the First Sunday of Christmas, the text is the eighteen verse prologue of the Gospel according to John. This particular text leaves me dumbfounded. It is like a labyrinth. Read verses 1-8 to the south, verses 9-11 to the east, verses 12-13 at the center, verse 14 to . . . → Read More: John 1:1-18, The Mystery of Jesus

John 17:1-11, The Altar of Incense

[June 1, 2014] Today is Ascension Sunday, the last Sunday of the season of Easter. Once Pentecost marked the end of Easter but at some point in the medieval West it became a season of its own. This past Thursday was actually the fortieth day since Easter Sunday, when Luke tells us Jesus . . . → Read More: John 17:1-11, The Altar of Incense