"The sacred Scriptures are the very source of evangelization. Consequently, we need to be constantly trained in hearing the word. The study of the sacred Scriptures must be a door opened to every believer. It is essential that the revealed word radically enrich our catechesis and all our efforts to pass on the faith. Evangelization demands familiarity with God’s word, which calls for dioceses, parishes and Catholic associations to provide for a serious, ongoing study of the Bible, while encouraging its prayerful individual and communal reading."
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, n.175
The Gospel of John, traditionally called the Fourth Gospel, presents Jesus and fully human and fully divine, who promises his disciples “Life in Abundance” (John 10:10).
Thursdays 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: St. Anthony Room
The Gospel of John, often called the Fourth Gospel, gives an account of the life and teaching of Jesus which is markedly different from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. It is the last of the Gospels to be completed, around 90-100 AD, and is by tradition attributed to the Apostle John, referred to in the Gospel itself as “the beloved disciple”.
Unlike the other Gospels, there is no Year devoted to John in the Sunday Lectionary. Rather episodes from John often appear on major feasts, and especially in the season of Easter. This means that almost half of John’s Gospel never appears on a Sunday, and therefore may never be heard by most Catholics. This study of John will include the entire text, including those missing and overlooked sections.
Mark’s Gospel, the earliest, begins with an account of Jesus’ ministry, Matthew and Luke begin with stories of the birth of Jesus, but John pushes back to even before creation, when Jesus “was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him.” (1:2-3a)
John’s Gospel proceeds with the testimony of John the Baptist, the call of the first disciples, and a sequence of “signs”, the first of which is turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana (2:1-11), signs which all point to Jesus’ identity as the Son of God.
Other characteristic themes and episodes of John’s Gospel include:
All these episodes and more will be included in this study, with a focus on the person of Jesus, and his call to us to follow him as disciples, and to grow in intimacy and love with him and his Father. The study will include not just the text of John, but how John has been expressed in music, art and film, and how it has shaped Catholic liturgy, sacraments, doctrine and spirituality.
Contact: Jim Hynes 919-942-6237
|1||22-Sep||The Last Gospel/Introduction to the Gospel of John||1:1-1:14|
|2||29-Sep||The Community of the Beloved Disciple|
|3||13-Oct||Knowing Jesus: Life in Abundance|
|4||20-Oct||The Testimony of John the Baptist||1:15-34; 3:22-30|
|5||27-Oct||The Wedding at Cana & Cleansing the Temple||2:1-25|
|6||10-Nov||God so loved the world that he gave his only Son||3:1-21, 31-36|
|7||17-Nov||The Work of the Son||5:1-47|
|8||1-Dec||The Bread of Life||6:1-71|
|9||15-Dec||The Feast of Tabernacles||7:1-53|
|10||5-Jan||The Woman Caught in Adultery/The Light of the World||8:1-59|
|11||12-Jan||The Feast of the Dedication (Hannukkah)||10:22-42|
|12||19-Jan||Anointing at Bethany/Entry into Jerusalem||11:45-12:19|
|13||26-Jan||The Coming of Jesus' Hour||12:20-50|
|14||2-Feb||The Washing of the Feet/The New Commandment||13:1-36|
|15||16-Feb||Last Supper Discourses||14:1-30|
|16||23-Feb||The Vine and the Branches||15:1-27|
|17||9-Mar||Jesus' Departure and the Coming of the Advocate||16:1-33|
|18||16-Mar||The Samaritan Woman at the Well||4:1-54|
|19||23-Mar||The Man Born Blind/The Raising of Lazarus||9:1-41; 11:1-45|
|20||6-Apr||The Prayer of Jesus||17:1-26|
|21||20-Apr||Jesus' Arrest and Trial||18:1-40|
|22||27-Apr||Jesus' Crucifixion, Death and Burial||19:1-42|
|24||11-May||The Good Shepherd/Jesus Appears at Lake Tiberias||10:1-21; 21:1-24|
Deepen your understanding and practice of faith through a devotional and theological exploration of the Scripture readings for each Sunday’s Mass in a lively seminar meeting Wednesdays after the 12:15 PM Mass, in the Parish Center. A Period of contemplative prayer is included. Meet in the Narthex after Mass. Further information: 919-542-4697.
Resources: Please bring At Home With the Word which contains the Scriptures for every Sunday of the year, and a copy of The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults Some copies will be available for use in the sessions, or may be bought from the parish for $25.
Participants may also prepare by reading the Sunday Preparation page, which is based upon the Sunday Gospel, and the associated commentaries.
Here are some resources for studying and understanding the Word of God. Please email Jim Hynes with suggested additional resources.
Verbum Domini - recent Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Benedict XVI
Divino Afflante Spiritu - Pope Pius XII, 1943
The Pontifical Biblical Commission - major magisterial documents on the Bible
Pope Benedict XVI spoke in April 2009 to the Pontifical Biblical Commission about the Interpretation of the Bible
Pastoral Statement of the US Bishops on Biblical Fundamentalism
Other Programs of Study:
The Threshold Bible Study offers a different way to learn Scripture, through the ancient spiritual discipline of 'lectio divina', a prayerful reading of the Scriptures. This may be practiced by individuals or small groups. We hope to offer this from time to time at St. Thomas More.
Ten Points for Fruitful Scripture Reading
The Bible Blueprint - Links Page (PDF)
The Crossroads Initiative - a variety of Catholic Biblical Studies links
New Testament Gateway - New Testament resources from Professor Mark Goodacre at Duke University
How Jesus Interpreted Scripture - Fr. Richard Rohr