Bread in the Gospel of John

Giovanni Lanfranco, "Multiplication of the Loaves"

Yesterday, we saw the centrality to bread in the life of Jews. This is the context in which Jesus multiplies loves and preaches about the  Bread of Life. In John 6, Jesus takes five barley loaves and two fish and uses them to feed five thousand people. By producing food in a place where people [Read More...]

Bread & Wine | Life & Abundance

"Bread" in the Old Testament

The moment when the Lord comes down and transforms bread and wine to become his Body and Blood cannot fail to stun, to the very core of their being, those who participate in the Eucharist by faith and prayer. When this happens, we cannot do other than fall to our knees and greet him. The [Read More...]

Gospel of Thomas: A Few Thoughts and Some Excerpts

One thing to keep in mind with the Jesus’s wife story is that it’s all bound up in trends and obsessions in certain academic quarters devoted to study the Christian Gnostics. One of their chief texts is the “Gospel” of Thomas, a text dating to the late 2nd century or later. Thomas is important because it [Read More...]

Convicting the World: Today’s Reading From John

Today’s Gospel reading is John 16:5-11, which includes a remarkably enigmatic passage spoke by Christ during his long discourse at the last supper. Here is the full text of the reading: 5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have [Read More...]

“Lord, what about this man?”

The Brick Testament, John 21:22, c. Brendan Powell Smith

Raphael, Christ’s Charge to Peter During class Sunday night, I went through the resurrection accounts with my students, and spent some time on the three appearances of Christ to the apostles in John. These are enigmatic passages which some consider late additions, and one of the most unusual is this exchange between St. Peter and the risen [Read More...]

The Gospel of John and the Catechism

I’m a catechist and a theology student, and from time to time I’ll be posting some longer pieces on these subjects. The following is adapted from something I wrote for a graduate class on the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John is at the heart of the Church’s Christology, and thus forms a vital [Read More...]

Reading John in the Light of the Wisdom Tradition

“Light & Bread: A Sapiential Reading of Two I Am Statements in the Gospel of John” is an essay I wrote for a class on John. I was able to express some of my fascination with the wisdom tradition–the place where Jew and Greek meet in the Old Testament–in this essay, as well as draw [Read More...]


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