John

Sermons based on readings from the Gospel of John

A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (08/05/22): Faith and the “Might-Believe”

John 10:22-30 In the Temple, the Jews (as John calls them) come up to Jesus, as they do from time to time, with a question, more of a request really, they say:“How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”There is group of people, a category, maybe, of …

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A Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter (24/04/22): Not just seeing that is believing.

John 20:19-31 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples which are not written in this book but these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah the Son of God.How does someone come to faith? How does anyone become a Christian? That would seem to …

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A Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent; Passion Sunday (03/04/22): The Meaning of What She Did

John 12:1-8 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.This is a familiar scene. Time and again Jesus is the honoured guest at …

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A Sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany (16/01/22): His First Sign

John 2:1-12 Jesus did this, the first of his signs in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.One of the characteristics of John’s telling of Jesus’ story are the “signs.” At key moments in his ministry Jesus does something, a miracle, a sign, which reveals, in action, some aspect …

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A Sermon for the Last Sunday in Ordinary Time, Christ the King (21/11/21): Are You the King of the Jews? What Have You Done?

John 18:33-37 Pilate asks Jesus two questions:Are you the king of the Jews?And then when he is not satisfied with Jesus’ first answer he asks him:What have you done? When Pilate asks, “Are you the king of the Jews?” it means something different for him than it does for the chief priests who put that …

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A Sermon for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (15/08/21): Munch My Flesh, Gulp My Blood

John 51-58 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day. Cannibalism is a universal human taboo. Eating human flesh offends and horrifies everyone. It is the domain of the deranged killer. The Hannibal Lectors of fiction and their very rare real …

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A Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (01/08/21): I am the bread of life

John 6:24-35 Overnight there has been something of a game of cat and mouse. Jesus had slipped away from the crowd , who earlier in the day he had fed miraculously from five barley loaves and and two fish. The crowd had been so impressed with what they had seen Jesus do that they were …

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A Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (09/05/21): Friendship with God

Friendship with GodJohn 15:9-17 Jesus says:As the Father has loved me, so I have love you; abide in my love.And a moment or two later he says:This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Jesus gives us a single idea about what being his follower amounts to: loving one …

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A Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Passion Sunday (21/03/21): Those Who Hate their Life Will Keep It.

Those Who Hate their Life Will Keep It John 12:20-31 There is a paradox, an unresolvable contradiction, which lies at the heart of the human condition. But it is a paradox which also lies at the heart of God’s answer to the human condition, the gospel.  “Those who love their life lose it, and those who …

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