JULY 30th A cross, symbol of the victim who forgives. Only the victims understand the meaning of evil. In Jesus we are faced with the intelligence of a victim, who knows the pain of our sins, and yet forgives, enabling us to turn around, face God’s goodness and start again. The forgiveness that Jesus offers […]

translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 20: 1 Now the morning after the Rest Day, Mary of Magdala comes early to the tomb, while it is still dark and sees the stone removed from the tomb. So she runs and comes to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and says to them, “They […]

translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 19: 38 After these events, Joseph of Aramathea, who was a disciple of Jesus – a secret one for fear of the Judaeans – asked Pilate that he might remove the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave permission. So he came and removed his body. Nicodemos, who had […]

translation and commentary on John’s Gospel John 19: 31 Then the Judaeans, because it was the day of preparation for the Passover and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (that Sabbath being a special day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and the bodies taken away. So […]

translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 19: 25 Now standing beside Jesus’ cross were his mother and her sister Mary, Clopas’ wife, and Mary from Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother, and standing nearby, the disciple whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Look, here is your son!” Then he said to the […]

Translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 18: 17 So they took Jesus and he went out to the so-called Place of the Skull (Golgotha in Aramaic), carrying his own cross. There they fixed him to the cross, and two others with him, one on either side with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had […]

Translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 18: Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas’s house to the Roman governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They did not enter it, in case they were made ritually unclean, so that they could eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation have you […]

translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 18: 12 So the band of armed men and their commander and the Judaean police took Jesus and secured him. Firstly they led him off to Annas, as he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest for that year. (It was Caiaphas who had advised the Judaeans […]

translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 18: 1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples over the Kidron watercourse, where there was an orchard, into which he entered with his disciples. Judas also knew the place, the man who betrayed him, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. […]

Translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 17: 13 “But now I am coming to you, and I say all this in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, as I do […]