John?s Gospel: A constant source of renewal and growth

Gerald O?Collins SJ

In response to Pope Francis? call for better preaching, we continue a series taking examples from all four gospels. Gerald O?Collins SJ is adjunct professor of Australia Catholic University.

Pope Francis expects homilies to be ?an intense and happy experience of the Spirit, a consoling encounter with the word of God, a constant source of renewal and growth? (The Joy of the Gospel (135)). Let us select passages from John?s Gospel and see how it can trigger such an experience, produce such an encounter, and prove such a source for spiritual renewal and growth.

God so loved the world
In a striking statement John says: ?God so loved the world that he gave his only Son? (John 3.16). Years ago someone sent me a card which commented on that verse: ?God cared enough to send the best.?

We might also comment on that verse by saying: ?As far as God is concerned, nothing but the very best is good enough for us.?

Yes, God truly cared enough to send the best. As far as God is concerned, nothing but the very best is good enough for us.

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