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The Gospel of John

with Phil Pratt


The Gospel according to John is quite different in character from the three synoptic gospels. It is highly literary and symbolic. It does not follow the same order or reproduce the same stories as the synoptic gospels. To a much greater degree, it is the product of a developed theological reflection and grows out of a different circle and tradition.  

The Gospel of John begins with a magnificent prologue, which states many of the major themes and motifs of the gospel, much as an overture does for a musical work. From there, the "beloved" disciple, who alone among the apostles stood at the foot of the cross, the youngest of the apostles who took our Blessed Mother into his home after Christ's crucifixion, gives us many of the most powerful and familiar images in all of Scripture. 

  • Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world
  • The wedding feast at Cana
  • The encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well
  • The rescue of an adulterous woman from stoning
  • The raising of Lazarus
  • Jesus' prayer for believers to be united
  • The resurrection appearance to 'doubting' Thomas

While all the Gospels reference the Eucharist, John's inclusion of Jesus' Bread of Life discourse (Jn 6:22-65) stands alone in its specificity regarding Jesus' command that we are to "eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood" to gain eternal life.

Similarly, all of Scripture consists in God telling us who He is...and who we are, because we have forgotten, but John's Gospel provides the greatest theological foundation for recognizing the Son of man as the Son of God, and provides a beautifully clear portrayal of the proper relationship between man and God.

Key themes:

  • Jesus and the New Creation
  • The true identity of Christ
  • Jesus as the New Temple
  • Spiritual and physical sight/blindness
  • Jesus' hour
  • Not knowing from where Jesus comes
  • Abundance and Superabundance
  • The deep sacramental theology woven throughout John's Gospel


Come join us on this eight-week exploration of this most beautiful and spiritual Gospel!

The facilitator for this program is Mr. Phil Pratt, MA Theology

For more information, please contact Phil directly at

  • Sep 12 - Nov 21st, 2019
    Thu for 8 weeks from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Holy Apostles Catholic Church

4925 N Carefree Cir
Colorado Springs, CO 80917 Get directions

Room: TBD

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