Introduction: the Passion in the Gospel of John

Commentary by Donald Senior, C.P.


John's Gospel has been called the "maverick" Gospel because its portrayal of Jesus is done in a manner quite distinctive from that of Mark, Matthew and Luke. For John, Jesus is the revelation of God's love for the world, the "word made flesh" whose death is an act of friendship love, a sign of God's total embrace of humanity and the final triumph over evil.

John's passion account is read each year as the centerpiece of the Good Friday liturgy. His portrayal of the passion, with its masterful blend of suffering and triumph, fits well into the spirit of the Paschal Triduum.

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