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Monday, April 30, 2007

The New Commandment

On the night of the Last Supper, when the hour of Jesus' glorification has come, Jesus gives a new commandment to his disciples as his legacy. The giving of this new commandment is framed by two episodes that lend dramatic tension to Jesus' words: the betrayal of Judas ( Jn. 13:21-30 ) and the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Flock He Calls His Own

John 10:27-30 continues the Good Shepherd discourse within a context (vv. 22-42) that is polemical and where Jesus' special relationship with the Father is once more the object of disputation. Before this, in chapters 7-8, one finds Jesus in a series of confrontation with the Jews about his words... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Jesus Appears A Third Time

John 1:1-19 has been the topic of two separate articles posted here. The article on John 21:1-14 is found here while the one on John 21:15-19 is found here. The idea that the narrative in John 21:1-14 speaks about the mission of the Church and the Lord being the one who commands the catch, gives the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Belief and Unbelief (John 20:19-31)

The gospel selection for Dominica in albis narrates the events of the first day and how, on the eighth day, Thomas's unbelief is resolved. The reason for John's gospel is then given; it is a reason that is kerygmatic in nature: that the reader and hearer too may believe -- not as Thomas -- but as... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Love and the Resurrection Faith

John's resurrection narratives begins with a group of four accounts dealing with the events of the "first day of the week" and the "eighth day" following that. Below is an outline of these stories: Verses Content vv. 1-10 The discovery of the empty tomb vv. 11-18 Mary's discovery of the Risen Lord... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Suffering and Death of God's Servant (The Passion in Luke) II

[ continue from...> ] The Look of Jesus (Luke 22:54-65) Before the scene at the Sanhedrin, Luke tells the story of Peter's denial and remorse. The scene is dramatic and supposes that Peter was warming up by a bonfire while Jesus was being mocked and beaten at some distance. Peter was in a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Suffering and Death of God's Servant (The Passion In Luke) I

"A gospel" someone once told me, "is a passion narrative with a long introduction." It was an exaggeration of course with some truth in it. We now know that the passion accounts form the oldest layer of the gospels as we know it now. The early Christians reread the betrayal, suffering and death of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Disobedience and the Death of Fidelity

Jeremiah 7:23-28 1 forms part of Jeremiah's Temple speech which begins in chapter VII. The Temple together with its sacrifices and offerings has become a mask that hides Judah's injustices and irreligion and given the people some sense of security (vv. 4.8). For this reason, Yahweh himself will... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Woman Caught In Adultery

John 8:1-11 is an enigmatic piece of Christian literature. The earliest manuscripts of John's gospel do not have it. Now, however, it is found in a context where Jesus is in controversy on account of what he declares in the Temple area. Two of these declarations rouse the anger of his detractors.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

To Seek Those Who Are Lost (Luke 15)

In Luke 15:1-32, Jesus answers the question that the caretakers of Israel's sanctity were probably asking him all throughout his ministry. It is the question about his welcoming attitude to publicans and sinners, two groups that were considered hopeless. The publicans were considered an enemy of the... Sign in to see full entry.

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