John's Gospel Reading Group 2022: Tuesday 18 January via zoom, 1.30 - 3.00pm


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Bookings closed


Event Type

Reading St John’s Gospel

 A small group is interested in a monthly session in the Carmelite Library meeting face to face to read together and discuss John’s gospel exploring St John’s Christ Mystery as a way of helping them in their own spiritual journey.

The group will meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month from 1.30 to 3.00pm. Although this was hoped to be in person in the Carmelite Library the January gathering will be via zoom.

Tuesday 18 January 2022 via zoom

The reading is John 1:19 – 4:54  It covers John’s witness of Jesus and Cana to Cana – the beginnings of the signs. You may remember from a photo of Byrne’s commentary, that our structure for reading John follows the pattern set out by Byrne.
Jackie and I will send you some questions or comments the week prior to our meeting, that may or may not assist you with reading the text.
If anyone else has any helpful hints, maybe we could send them around as well. Otherwise, we look forward to your reflections at the meeting.
Could you please let me know if you will be attending so that I can send you the link.
Thank you
Clare McArdle (and Jackie Tidey)
If you are interested, would you please send in your name, phone number and e-mail to Clare McArdle


Why John?  We are interested in reading John’s gospel because it differs from the others in that it has a Prologue that proclaims the great mystery of creation. John’s gospel according to Brendan Byrne wants to move people from “mere existence to a conscious sense of sharing the divine eternal life – and the joy that goes with it.” (p 2 Life Abounding)   Richard Rohr says that John is “concerned with the reader making a personal act of faith in Jesus and, through that, entering into divine life as sons and daughters of the Father.” (p 50 The great themes of scripture)

How will we approach it?  We will approach this as a reading group of some 8-10 people who are prepared to undertake the necessary reading before each session. We will not be led by an ‘expert’ and like all reading groups will have a ‘light touch’ chair which could change from meeting to meeting.

Individuals may wish to undertake their own research to share with the group. The library has a series of commentaries and other books on John’s gospel.

Because the aim is to further our own spiritual journey we will not read the gospel as a document to be critiqued or as an academic exercise. Rather the focus will be on what it means to us in our own lives today. Commentaries will be helpful to get beneath the symbolic language and the images that were important at the time.

Meeting will be monthly. How many months will depend on how we break it up. It could take up to 12 sessions.

If you are interested, would you please send in your name, phone number and e-mail to Clare McArdle



Bookings are closed for this event.