Fr. Jefferson Bennit

John 6: 1-71 - Jesus the Bread of Life

John 6: 1-71 – Jesus the Bread of Life

John 6 is well-known for the discourse on the bread of life and the living bread. The discourse is introduced through the narration of events: multiplication of loaves, prayer on the mountain, and walking on the water. So the scheme followed by the evangelist is “Act-discourse”. The three acts and the discourse together make one coherent whole. It is in John 6 Jesus begins to use “I am “formula…

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Precarious Settlement of Israel

Precarious Settlement of Israel

When Israel settled in Canaan, the settlement remained precarious. During the period of the Judges, the situation of the tribes, not well rooted and disorganised, remained fragile. Real occupancy was achieved only under the reigns of David and Solomon, and subsisted at the beginning of the divided monarchy. Very soon, in 722 B.C.E, with the fall of Samaria, the greatest part of the people of…

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Mark 1: 29-31 – Cure of Simon Peter’s Mother-in-Law

Mark 1: 29-31 – Cure of Simon Peter’s Mother-in-Law

The previous episode (Mk 1: 21-28) clearly manifests that Jesus liberates humanity from the power of demons. Now Mark shows how Jesus sets people free from the power of sickness (Mk 1: 29-31). Restoration of health and wholeness is a sign of the kingdom that Jesus proclaims. Both these disclose the power of God active in Jesus and manifested in concrete human situations. Here too Jesus acts with…

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John 5: 30-47 - Witnesses to Jesus

John 5: 30-47 – Witnesses to Jesus

The witnesses to Jesus are: John the Baptist, Jesus’ works, the Father, and the Scriptures.

First Witness: John the Baptist

John the Baptist was introduced in the Prologue as a witness to the light (Jn 1: 6-8). His testimony was presented in John 1: 19-34 and 3: 22-30. Now John the Baptist is called a “burning and shining lamp” (Jn 5: 35). He was not the light but only a lamp (Cf. Sir 48: 1). His…

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Israel in the Crucible of Exodus

Israel in the Crucible of Exodus

We could find the wandering nature in the lives of Isaac and Jacob.[1] In fact, Jacob’s story is a series of journeys narratives.[2]First in the Negeb desert (Gen 26), then to Padan-Aram, (High Mesopotamia) where he worked for fourteen years as a migrant labourer with his uncle Laban (Gen 27,46–31,8), then in Transjordan where he manipulated his large family so as to divide the risks involved on…

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John 5: 19-29 - Jesus Defends his Claim: Son of God

John 5: 19-29 – Jesus Defends his Claim: Son of God

The authority of the Son comes from the Father. The Son does only the will of the Father. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. The Father is the source of life and he is the life-giver. So the Son too gives life to all. The Sabbath works of Jesus is thus a way of giving life. When he healed the paralytic, he gifted him the same life because the Father has empowered…

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Mark 1: 21-28 – Jesus Teaches and Cures Demoniac

Mark 1: 21-28 – Jesus Teaches and Cures Demoniac

Jesus reveals and makes available the gift of God’s kingdom both by his words and by his works. Mark, therefore, presents Jesus as teaching with authority and acting with power. These two aspects of Jesus’ ministry are closely inter-related and is made clear from Mark 1: 21-27. Towards the end of the narrative of the cure of the demoniac, the crowds acclaim the exorcism itself as a “new teaching”…

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Community in Mission - Abraham the Archetype

Community in Mission – Abraham the Archetype

The migrating nature of the people of Israel goes back to its origin, to the call of Abraham: “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Gen 12,1). God’s call made Abraham the first wandering Jew. From the outset the history of the Election was characterized as a setting out. “For all the land which you see I will give to you … Arise, walk…

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John 5: 16-18 - Jesus’ claim: Son of God

John 5: 16-18 – Jesus’ claim: Son of God

The first argument of Jesus in defence of himself is: “My Father is working still, and I am working” (Jn 5: 17). Jesus claims authority over Sabbath and hence, the right to work on the Sabbath. Jesus states that God, his Father is working on the Sabbath day. So when he too is doing the same thing, Jesus is claiming to have divine authority. In fact, Jews believed that God had the prerogative of…

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Lukan Emphasis in Infancy Narratives

Lukan Emphasis in Infancy Narratives

In his infancy narrative Luke emphasizes several themes which also appear prominently in the rest of his gospel. Some of them are:-

  1. The Holy Spirit: Persons are “filled with the Holy Spirit: (Lk 1: 15, 41, 67); Simeon is given revelation by the Spirit (Lk 2: 26) and is inspired by the Spirit (Lk 2: 27); Mary is overshadowed by the Holy Spirit (Lk 1: 35).
  2. The Temple: The temple is the venue of the…

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