Lectionary Year A
May 19, 2002
John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
(JFC) A. GENRE
This pericope is part of an extended narrative descibing the events of the
Festival of Booths. In the pericope, Jesus stands up and makes a
declarative statement about himself, using on Old Testament reference to
lend credibility to his own self-witness.
(JFC) B. PERSONAL INTERACTION
--What does it mean, the last and greatest day of the festival? Is this
also an allusion to the "last day" when Jesus returns?
--What is the context of the OT allusion? What does it mean to have rivers
of living water flowing from within onesself? Does the literal Greek "from
the belly" have any insight to the meaning of the phrase? What else comes
from the belly in a literal and/or figurative sense?
--When the scripture reads, "as yet there was no Spirit," surely this does
not mean that the Spirit lacked preexistence, or does it?
-- This passage makes me think of that song "I've got a river of life." The
words are taken from Luke 4 and Matthew 11:2-6. "I've got a river of life
flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. Opens
prison doors, sets the captive free. I've got a river of life flowing out
--Is the river of life the Holy Spirit? What does it mean to receive the
Holy Spirit, as in the appearance stories, and especially in the Pentecost
story? What about today?
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