“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren.” (1 John 3:14) St. John had a true gift for words. Last Sunday, I talked about the way Jesus used the Name of God to establish his credibility. Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd, one who will lay down his life for the sheep. That is the ultimate act of love.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11-16 In the Gospel according to St. John, Jesus makes several statements about himself to try to inform and reinforce his message to those willing to hear. To begin, it’s best to see why these statements had such an impact on his hearers.
“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:19-31 Poor Thomas. Thomas has been saddled with the name “Doubting Thomas” for a very long time. No one refers to Peter as “Sinking Peter,” because when he got out of the boat to go to Jesus, he looked down, and started to sink because he got scared. What about Andrew and Philip, who questioned Jesus on the hillside near the Sea of Galilee when Jesus tested them about how to feed the multitude? Philip said, “Two hundred Denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” (John 6:7) Andrew said, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves, and two fish, but what are they among so many?”