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Simon Peter: Fisherman and shepherd

  JESUS revealed himself again to his disci­ples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed him­self in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will […]

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‘It is I. Do not be afraid’

  THE disciples of Jesus are sturdy fishermen and are used to the ways of the lake. But in the Gospel, they are stricken with fear: after all, it is dark, the wind is exceedingly strong, and they see a figure coming to them that they imagine to be a ghost. Fear follows the path […]

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Show us the Father

  IN the midst of Jesus’ solemn pronouncements during the Last Supper, Philip in­terrupts him with the remark: “Mas­ter, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Philip is not satisfied when Jesus says that if the disciples know Jesus, they likewise know the Father. He wishes to have a personal experience […]

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The carpenter’s son

  JESUS came to his native place and taught the peo­ple in their syn­agogue. They were as­tonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpen­ter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Ju­das? Are not his sisters all with […]

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The son of man must be lifted up

  THIS early in John, Jesus already talks about his death in Jerusalem or his ascension into heaven. The “Son of Man” is Jesus himself. The title has an apocalyptic connotation. The Book of Daniel speaks of the Son of Man coming down from the clouds. As he continues to speak with Nicodemus about the […]

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You must be born from above

  JESUS teaches Nicodemus about seeing or entering the Kingdom of God. He must be born from above. Some people say, “One must be born again.” But John uses the Greek anothen (from above), not palin (again). Jesus clarifies its meaning: (1) being born in the waters of bap­tism that means conversion and cleansing from […]

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