Lenten Reflections

John 14:15-24

John 14:15-24

Jesus promises that he will not leave us as orphans. He warns his followers that though he must leave us temporarily because of his impending death on the cross, he will give us something better than his physical presence in a human body. He will a...

March 1, 2024 Read

John 14:12-14

John 14:12-14

Many people are understandably perplexed by Jesus’ claim that whoever believes in him will do even greater works than he has done. This cannot simply mean Jesus’ followers will do more works than Jesus. And it is hard to imagine Jesus&r...

February 29, 2024 Read

John 14:4-11

John 14:4-11

Jesus tells his disciples: "You know the way to where I am going." This, however, is where the confusion sets in. Thomas interjects: "We do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus’ response is one of the most controve...

February 28, 2024 Read

John 14:1-3

John 14:1-3

Jesus exhorts his disciples not to let their hearts be troubled. Easier said than done! The problem is that they have received a lot of depressing news. Jesus has already informed them that one of them will betray him, Peter will deny him, and now ...

February 27, 2024 Read

John 13:36-38

John 13:36-38

Jesus’ clarion call to love is quickly followed by words of foreboding. Peter, ever eager to impress Jesus with his earnestness, insists that he is willing to follow Jesus wherever he goes. He claims that he is willing even to lay down his li...

February 26, 2024 Read

John 13:34-35

John 13:34-35

Having warned his followers of his impending departure and their inability to follow him beyond this point, Jesus gives them a new commandment: to love one another. But in what sense is this command new? God had already instructed his people: Love ...

February 23, 2024 Read

John 13:31-33

John 13:31-33

Once Judas leaves the company of the disciples to do his dark deed, Jesus comforts the disciples with his unique perspective on all that is about to befall him. Jesus knows that their hearts and minds are weak, and so he strengthens them with these...

February 22, 2024 Read

John 13:21-30

John 13:21-30

Jesus confirms with a heavy heart that one of his disciples will betray him. This, of course, sparks their curiosity as well as their fear. The disciple who was seated closest to Jesus, most likely the author of this gospel, asks the question that ...

February 21, 2024 Read

John 13:15-20

John 13:15-20

Jesus has given us an example that we should follow it. Of course, it is one thing to know this, and another to do it. Jesus suggests it is the one who actually does what he says who is blessed. Jesus knows those who truly belong to him (those whom...

February 20, 2024 Read

John 13:12-14

John 13:12-14

After answering Peter’s initial objections, Jesus explains his reasons for washing his disciples’ feet. This action was intended to provide them with an object lesson. His followers rightly refer to Jesus as “Teacher and Lord," bu...

February 19, 2024 Read

John 13:6-11

John 13:6-11

With a basin of water and a towel around his waist, Jesus drops to his knees and proceeds to wash his disciples’ feet, a form of service that was reserved for the lowest of the low. Not surprisingly, Peter sharply objects to t...

February 16, 2024 Read

John 13:1-5

John 13:1-5

With the opening lines of John 13, we are taken to the “upper room” where Jesus made advance preparations to share a final meal with his disciples. Jesus always had a strong sense of time. Unlike us, his timing was never off. He knew th...

February 15, 2024 Read