Christ is risen! Truly he is risen!! Before trying to break open today’s gospel text I suggest a need for caution. The gospel readings of Easter can be deceptive. In the gospel of John all the events we identify as Holy Week/Easter begin in chapter 13 and continue on through the gospel’s epilogue. Today our lectionary interrupts the sequence and turns the pages of John’s gospel back to a pre-resurrection text — chapter 10.
The author situates the conversation recorded in today’s gospel in Jerusalem during winter — the feast of Hanukkah.
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