Thomas of course is most noted, unfortunately, for the fact that he was the doubter. And of course there can be no doubt that he probably was a doubter.
This gospel reading is really the beginning of the contemplative life. I mean, it certainly pertained to the people in Jesus’ day, as it does to us today.
Loving your enemies. You’ve heard it so often that it’s become banal. But imagine what it must have sounded like to those who heard it first?
We see in both Mark’s Gospel and in Luke’s Gospel that Jesus commissions the apostles, and gives the apostles power over evil spirits.
This reading from the letter of James is sometimes rather difficult to hear. Obviously, Luther didn’t like hearing it at all, and in many ways rejected it.
This account in John’s Gospel, which of course is the threefold commissioning of Peter, is a remarkable passage. It has three different themes.
In this post we’re looking at John 17, the Priestly Prayer of Christ, which is one of the most profound spiritual documents in the whole Bible.
Never was there a more central text in the entire New Testament than this one, in my opinion. Everything that we need to live by is contained in it.
In John 16, what we see is Jesus is giving us, through John, this sense of what the Spirit does, what the Advocate does. Who’s the Spirit advocating for, anyway?
When we read John 15, we’ve just had that extremely beautiful passage, “To love one another as I have loved you.” But do we know what comes next?