Journey thru John, Chapter 12: Maturing from Following into Service

Do you know what nard is?  I did not, so I looked it up.  It is a plant that is native to the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, China, and India.  Its use as a perfume, a medicinal plant, and for religious ceremonies goes back well before the time of Jesus.  It was a valuable importContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 12: Maturing from Following into Service”

Journey thru John, Chapter 11: Living in Jesus

We know that the events of the gospels took place a long time ago.  For us, they are part of a distant history.  Our scene is very different than the one Jesus occupied.  We have electricity and everything that comes with it.  He had only candles for light when the sun went down.  There wasContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 11: Living in Jesus”

Journey thru John, Chapter 10: Laying Down One’s Life

When Jesus uses parables to teach, He is inviting his listeners, then and now, to enter a scene.  The opportunity such a gospel passage presents becomes double layered.  You have the ability to first enter and watch Jesus teach, and then you have the ability to enter the parable as well, to also be presentContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 10: Laying Down One’s Life”

Journey thru John, Chapter 9: On Being Blind

I am sure the pattern is consistent by now, but just in case, be aware for a moment how the reflection on each chapter begins with suggestions about how to immerse yourself in the scene.  Recall that this immersion is meant as an aid to your ability to pray over the material in the chapter.Continue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 9: On Being Blind”

Journey thru John, Chapter 8: Freedom and Love

This entire chapter is a direct continuation of the previous chapter.  It is the next day and Jesus is once again teaching in the temple courts.  Stay in the scene and watch the various exchanges between Jesus and the Jews.  Continue your process of discernment about the message Jesus is conveying.  If He is takingContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 8: Freedom and Love”

Journey thru John, Chapter 7: Defining the Word “World”

Placing yourself in the scene for this chapter is perhaps especially important.  The tension between Jesus and the Jews is building throughout the chapter.  If you were a critic reviewing a novel, you would be congratulating the author on how superbly he uses this chapter to develop the main conflict of the story. “The JewsContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 7: Defining the Word “World””

Journey thru John, Chapter 6: Francis’ Passion for the Eucharist

I know that as a Franciscan, I should say Assisi.  But in all honesty, if there was one place in the world that I could go, I would pick Capernaum.  The archaeologists (some of them Franciscan friars, who are the caretakers for the site) say that the ruins of the synagogue that stand there todayContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 6: Francis’ Passion for the Eucharist”

Journey thru John, Chapter 5: Obedience and Spiritual Poverty

—————————- John Chapter 5, Verse 30: “I can do nothing on my own.  As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” When I think of Jesus conforming himself to the will of God, I generally think of JesusContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 5: Obedience and Spiritual Poverty”

Journey thru John, Chapter 4: Encounter and Conversion

We all probably have an image of a well in our head that originates in the fairy tales of our youth.  Mine includes a garden with plants in riotous bloom and a backdrop of shade-giving green leafy trees.  The well is circular and has stone walls a little less than waist high.  It has aContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 4: Encounter and Conversion”

Journey Thru John, Chapter 3: Proximity and Joy

What is it that you know about Francis that leads you to that conclusion?  Did you go into the historical documents in search of support for your conclusion?  Did you look at the SFO Rule and see how it might relate to the passage you chose? Is your confidence in your ability to pray overContinue reading “Journey Thru John, Chapter 3: Proximity and Joy”