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    Fully Booked - Praying with John's Gospel during Easter time

    Kairos Centre

    Peter Edmonds SJ

    ‘These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name’ (John 20:31).

    John’s Gospel is distinguished from the others in several respects:

    • by the depth of its portrait of Christ who was with the Father in glory ‘before the world was made’ (17:5) and whose mission in this world is the revelation of the Father;
    • through its gallery of memorable characters, some otherwise unknown to us like Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the man born blind and others, depicted on a far deeper level than elsewhere, like the apostle Thomas, Mary Magdalen, Pontius Pilate;
    • through its invitation to its readers to see the Gospel story against the background of ultimate human realities such as light and life, bread and water, and to live it out in this world through the Spirit ‘which those who believed in him were to receive’ (7:39)

    Traditionally a catechesis based on this gospel prepared new Christians for baptism at Easter; it is also a powerful means for Christian prayer as we approach the mysteries of the Easter season.

    The handouts offered can accompany the retreatant through the year that follows the retreat experience

    Peter Edmonds SJ spent many years in Zimbabwe as professor of New Testament in the Regional Seminary and was National Director for the Biblical Apostolate in that country. He then taught at Hekima College, the Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya, and in recent times has been a member of the Theology Faculty of Oxford University. He has a special interest in retreat giving, offering material for prayer on particular Gospels.