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CNS Bible Blog: Jesus’ farewell discourse

By Father Scott M. Lewis, SJ Special to Catholic News Service After the supper (described in the Gospel of John, chapters 13-17), Jesus gives a long farewell discourse reminiscent of the sort of teachings that great philosophers and religious figures … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: What made Peter squirm?

By Father Scott M. Lewis, SJ Special to Catholic News Service We have all seen the Holy Thursday scene so many times: a few embarrassed-looking parishioners in front of the congregation with their shoes off and an alb-clad priest trying … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: Signs of the Messianic age

By Father Scott M. Lewis, SJ Special to Catholic News Service The miracle at Cana is of a rather strange variety. No healing or exorcism is involved, no one is raised from the dead and no sins are forgiven. It … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: No shortcuts to our `second birth’

By Father Scott M. Lewis, SJ Special to Catholic News Service The story of Nicodemus in the Gospel of John, Chapter 3 is the key to understanding much of the fourth Gospel. It describes in symbolic form the human condition … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: Life and truth in John’s Gospel

By Father Scott M. Lewis, SJ Special to Catholic News Service The prologue to the Gospel of John — Chapter 1, verses 1-18 — consists of a poetic hymn of great beauty and symbolic power. In centuries past the words … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: Only seven miracles in Gospel of John

By Father Scott M. Lewis, SJ Special to Catholic News Service There are striking differences between John’s Gospel and the three “synoptic” Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). The presentation of Jesus is the most prominent of these differences. Mark portrays … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: The enigmatic Gospel of John

By Father Scott M. Lewis, SJ Special to Catholic News Service The Gospel of John holds a special and rather exalted place in Christian tradition. Our theology and spirituality draw heavily on its lapidary but enigmatic verses. We immediately recognize … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: A world without stars is a tragedy

By Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ Special to Catholic News Service The Bible is not without its share of wrathful moments. Like a stern parent, God challenges his people to do better, and warns them of the tragedy that will result … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: Stars are to be appreciated, but not to be worshipped

By Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ Special to Catholic News Service In ancient civilizations, the study of the planets and stars was carried out for two very practical purposes: time-telling and astrology. The opening chapter of Genesis, cited in our first … Continue reading

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CNS Bible Blog: Aliens! Stars also praise and adore God

By Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ Special to Catholic News Service Another lesson that stars in the Bible tell us is that we are not alone. The universe is more than just us, and God is responsible for more than our … Continue reading

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