In a Little While—Joy

Friday of the Sixth Week in Easter, Year B    John 16:16-33

Nick reads the one-minute Firestarter.

Verses of great promise are here that we need to commit to memory. “Whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give you.”

This will happen because ironically, Jesus is going away. He plays on the notion of a “little while.” He is going to be taken away in the coming crucifixion, but soon after, he is coming again in the Holy Spirit, bringing a joy that no one can take away.

Think of it: no one can take away the joy that Jesus longs to give you in the Holy Spirit! You and I will go through various mood swings from those sinful tendencies of selfishness and fear that still lurk about, but they need not last very long. “In a little while” joy can return. Joy is to be the continual state of our lives as Christians.

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Fridays in the Easter Season are dedicated to the Gospel of John.



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The Logic of Love

The Sixth Sunday in Easter, Year B    John 15:9-17

Nick reads the one-minute Firestarter.

The power of God’s love for us is complete. Just as is the love between the Father and the Son, so is the love between Jesus and us. We can only get a glimpse at understanding this divine reality. However, beyond their human grasp is the embracing of these truths by faith.

Just accept Jesus’ acceptance of you. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. “Jesus died for you. This divine love is to flow toward one another. Remember the words of Jesus in John 13:34: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” Will you die in self-sacrifice for your brothers and sisters

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
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The Last “I Am” Name

The Fifth Sunday in Easter, Year B
John 15:1-8

Nick reads the one-minute Firestarter. Click on the image.

Jesus gives his seventh and last “I AM” name: “I am the True Vine.” There echoes in the hearts of the disciples this ancient symbol used by Isaiah (5:1-7), Jeremiah (2:21) and Ezekiel (19:10-12), among others. “Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard” (Isaiah 5:1). Jesus is the one who embraces the New Vine. The only Son of God is the place to find the New Community. We are to be branches of the vine, which is Jesus. The life force is the Holy Spirit.

Pruning increases our fruit-producing power. Suffering is the passage, unique to each person that can move us from death to self, to life in Jesus.

Abide in Jesus. Rest in him. As you sit, stand or kneel in prayer, let your imagination, illumined and made real by faith, engraft you onto this wondrous vine.


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.


Daily Bible Breaths

This week: version for Children and Families