GUEST BLOG: Lenten Study, Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

GUEST BLOG by Br. David Vryhof, Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE)

As we prepare for our Lenten journey, and the launch of our offering Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, I am pleased to share with you a theological reflection by my brother Keith Nelson: Behold What You Are: Seeing Jesus & Ourselves in the Gospel According to John.

In this profound and personal reflection, Br. Keith traces how reading and praying with John’s Gospel can allow each of us to see the ordinary, challenging, and even painful events of our lives as signs imbued with meaning. 

"In John’s prologue, we hear whispers of Christ’s cosmic role: ‘All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people’ (Jn 1:3-4). This suggests that meaning is literally hidden in plain sight, and that Life and Light are never far beneath the surface of things. This is part of what makes John an especially illuminating path toward seeing Jesus and seeing ourselves as we read and pray with the Fourth Gospel. John wants to give us the Rosetta Stone to decipher that divine language, to make us light-bearers and life-revealers in a world hungry for meaning and thirsty for grace."  Read more >

We hope this reflection will whet your appetite for reading and praying with John's Gospel together over Lent. Click here to read more and to download the free pdf article.

For more information on the six-week offering, Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, click here.