The Passion and the People: Nicodemus

Nicodemus and Jesus

John 3:1-9, 14-16: From Bystander to Believer   With Jesus crucified, the Apostle John identifies Nicodemus as “the man who earlier visited him at night” (John 19:39).  So, we travel back to their first meeting to learn of Nicodemus.  “A man from the Pharisees and a ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus, came to Jesus one […]

John, Lesson 3: Jesus’ Early Ministry, Part 1 (John 2:13-3:21)

Early Church Baptismal Mosaic (610x352)

Jesus Cleanses the Temple (John 2:13-25)   Excursus: Were there one or two Temple cleansings? Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell of Jesus cleansing the Temple: Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, and Luke 19:45-46.  Yet, besides being much longer, John’s account differs in several ways from the other three Gospels:   John Has oxen and sheep […]

Holy Trinity: John 3:1-17

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Paradox: That’s an underlying reality for the Feast of the Holy Trinity.  For the Holy Trinity is the paradox of all paradoxes.  And what is a paradox?  It’s a seeming contradiction that may still be true.  Would you like an example of a paradox?  How about this?  “And the catholic faith is this: We worship […]