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implying a missionary purpose for John’s gospel, a small number of quite early ones read “continue to believe,” suggesting that the audience consists of Christians whose faith is to be deepened by the book.


John 19: 31-35


31 Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, 34 but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35 An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may (come to) believe.


REFLECTION:


Jesus’ death and resurrection saved us from sin. From the earliest days the Church saw the blood and water which flowed from Jesus’ side as a sign of the grace which gives us new life. This life of the Church comes from Jesus who gave himself completely for us on the cross. Baptism brings us into the life of the Church and gives us the Spirit promised by Jesus.


STUDY QUESTIONS: (Limit response to one page per question). Why do we recite the Our Father as the last prayer in the rite of baptism?


Why does the Church use oil, a white garment, and a lighted candle at the end of the ceremony? What is the connection between the crucifixion and baptism?


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