Word made flesh: Delving into the Gospel of John

Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Fourth Sunday In Lent (Laetare)
10:00 am - 10:45 am


The Gospel of John is a unique book of the Bible. Not only is it different from the other three canonical gospels, but it is also set apart as the most “philosophical” book of the scriptures. Yet at the end of the day, it is still about Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Mary. So what does “In the beginning was the Word” tell us about the Jesus who walked on earth, touched and healed those who were ill, and held children in his arms? The task of these classes, presented by guest lecturer Matthew Knotts, is to orient us to the gospel of John and what it can teach us about God, his relationship to us, and our relating to him—that is, prayer.

In this first lecture, we’ll look at the famous Prologue of the Gospel of John, which summarizes the entirety of the Gospel itself. In this soaring, philosophical text, the author of John encapsulates the entire Paschal Mystery, in other words, the story of creation, the incarnation, and the ultimate passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. Here we’ll explore what is meant by ‚Äúlight‚Äù and ‚Äúdarkness,‚Äù the claim that the Word came unto his own, and his own received him not, and so on.