Guide Questions

SUGGESTED THEMES FOR BLOG POSTING ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION

1. Aspects of the Book of Revelation that Have Relevance for Our Times

2. My Apostolate/Parish Community: An Assessment in the Light of Letters to the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation

3. Reflections on Some Apocalyptic Movements in the Philippines in the light of the Book of Revelation

4. Images of the Beast-s/Dragon from the Book of Revelation in Contemporary World

5. Reflections on the End of the World in the Light of Revelation

6. Hope for a Broken World: The Message of the Book of Revelation

SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR BLOG POSTING ON FIRST LETTER OF JOHN:

1) The Kind of Christology that is Prevalent Among Filipinos (High or Low?)

2) Consistency or Harmony Between What We Profess and What We Practice

3) Images/Manifestations of the “Antichrist” in Today’s World

4) Discerning the Spirits in Today’s World

5) Truths About Christ that are Denied Implicitly or Explicitly in Today’s World

SUGGESTED THEMES FOR BLOG POSTING ON JOHN 10: JESUS THE GATE AND THE GOOD SHEPHERD

1) The Seriousness of the Shepherd’s Task

2) Matters of Concern Regarding Today’s “Shepherds”

3) The Challenge of Mutual Knowledge Between the Sheep and Shepherds of Today

4) Sheep Shepherding One Another

5) Jesus as the Gate: A Further Reflection

SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR BLOG POSTING FOR JOHN 3 – JESUS AND NICODEMUS

1) Nicodemus on the road to discipleship

2) Being “Born Again/from Above”

3) Being Born of the Spirit

4) God’s Incredible Love

5) The Call to Walk in the Light

JESUS AND NICODEMUS (3,1-21)

1. Cite the various instances when Jesus’ reply to Nicodemus’ words does not seem to follow the “logic” of the conversation (In the terms of Petersen, “unmotivated speech”).

2. How do you try to make sense of Jesus’ “illogical” response in the light of the Evangelist’s message or purpose?

3. Cite also instances of Nicodemus’ misunderstandings of the words of Jesus. Why are these “misunderstandings”? How would we have expected him to understand, or how should he have understood Jesus’ words (from our perspective)?

4. Again, what themes in the Prologue are echoed here? Do these themes here have the same nuance as in the Prologue?

5. What are the most important theological affirmations that emerge from this episode?

THE PROLOGUE OF JOHN (1,1-18)

a) Compare this with the beginnings/opening verses of the Synoptic Gospels:

– In what ways are they similar?

– In what ways are they different? Or, in what way/s is John’s Gospel different especially in Style and Content?

b) What or Who is the Focus of the Prologue, and what does it affirm about the said Focus?

c) Don’t you find the insertion of John (John who?) “invasive” or alien? If not, what is its connection with the principal theme or focus?

Why is he introduced here?

d) The “Logos” terminology disappears after a few verses; what new terms or concepts are used to speak of it/him?

e) As Incarnate, how is the Logos described?

f) How is the Logos “welcomed” in the world? Unanimously with one astounding reception?

g) Why is John re-introduced in these latter verses? What could be the author’s purpose?

h) What is the relation of the “Moses theme” to the Prologue? What is its function in the Prologue?

i) Why do you think the author begins his Gospel this way? What for him is the function of this Prologue?

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