St. John

For the Love of Lazarus

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The gospel story of the raising of Lazarus found in John 11 shows us why Jesus can love some friends and disciples more than others, why death is not natural and beautiful, the difference between resurrection and resuscitation, and the deeper meaning of Jesus’ miracles or “signs” as they are called in the fourth gospel. Some find it hard to […]

The Man Born Blind Sees the Lion of Judah

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The Lion of Judah is no tame lion.  Neither is he predictable. While walking along the streets of Jerusalem one day, Jesus sees a common enough sight in the Holy City.  There is a disabled person by the side of the road begging (John 9).  What else is the poor man to do?  He has been blind from birth, so […]

St. Augustine On the Beatitudes

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

In 393, Saint Augustine wrote his Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount. In this edifying treatise, he begins with the weighty proclamation that “anyone who piously and earnestly ponders the Sermon on the Mount — as we read in the Gospel according to Mathew — I believe he will find therein… the perfect standard of the Christian Life.” And […]

Encountering the Word — John 16:33

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“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage […]

Encountering the Word — John 17:3

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“Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3 — from the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus). If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and […]

Encountering the Word – John 10:17-18

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“This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.” (John 10:17-18) If you […]

Encountering the Word – 1 John 5:19

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“We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts below. Thank you! […]

Encountering the Word — John 17:11

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“And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11 — from the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus). If you liked this scripture verse, please share […]

Encountering the Word – John 16:22

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So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. (John 16:22) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage […]

Encountering the Word – 1 John 4:20-21

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If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:20-21) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it […]