The Gospel of John is very different than the other three gospels. It has completely different stories about Jesus and events take place in a different order than in the synoptic gospels. There are no parables in the Gospel according to John. Jesus is clearly depicted as God in this gospel, from start to finish.
- Background Material
- Resources for John Chapter 1
- Resources for John Chapter 2
- Resources for John Chapter 3
- Resources for John Chapter 4
- Resources for John Chapter 6
- Resources for John Chapter 8
- Resources for John Chapter 10
- Resources for John Chapter 11
- Resources for John Chapter 12
- Resources for John Chapter 13
- Resources for John Chapter 14
- Resources for John Chapter 15
- Resources for John Chapter 17
- Resources for John Chapter 20
Background Material for the Gospel of John
A study Bible or a Catholic commentary on the Gospel of John is a good starting point:
If you are looking for resources related to the reading for a specific liturgical date, you can find that on the resources by liturgical date page.
Below are some resources, reflections, and social media graphics for the Gospel of John.
Resources for John Chapter 1
This reflection helps youth consider the question which was asked of John the Baptist: “Who are you?” There are many ways we can identify ourselves. How does our faith impact…
This reflection will help youth consider what they really desire in life and if their desires are aligned with the path of discipleship.
Put out a wreath today for your Advent activity. Wreaths are commonly used during Advent and at Christmas, so tie this holiday tradition in with its spiritual meaning. Hang a…
Resources for John Chapter 2
This reflection will help youth consider why they are at mass. Is their church a place where they meet God? Or is it something else? Do we bring the things…
When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “”They have no wine.”” And Jesus said to her, “”Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour…
Resources for John Chapter 3
This activity is to show children how the Holy Spirit is like the wind. We can’t see the Holy Spirit directly, but we can see the work of the Spirit.…
This is an easy game for your youth group or Vacation Bible School. It is fun but also provides a lesson about the Holy Spirit. See the reflection questions and…
“He must increase; I must decrease.” A quote from St. John the Baptist (John 3:30)
Resources for John Chapter 4
We live in a world where we are constantly consuming. The teachings of the Catholic Church can explain our obsession with consumerism.
There are several different aspects of the story of the woman at the well which are interesting to reflect upon. Here are some questions for different ways to look at…
Resources for John Chapter 6
This lesson plan on the authority of Jesus will help youth consider what it means to be taught by God. And how does that impact our view of the Eucharist?
This Eucharist lesson plan will help youth understand that God provides for all of our needs. He especially cares for our spiritual needs through the gift of Himself in the…
This lesson plan on the Eucharist will help youth understand that the material goods of this world will pass away. In the end, our union with Jesus Christ in the…
Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. (John 6:24-35)
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. (John 6:41-51)
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God. (John 6:60-69)
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within…
Jesus reveals Himself as the Bread of life. For He alone nourishes the soul, He alone makes us feel loved even if everyone else disappoints us, He alone gives us eternal life. (Pope Francis on John 6:41-51 )
It would be good to ask ourselves every day: “What do I bring to Jesus today?”. He can do a lot with one of our prayers, with a gesture of charity for others. This is how God loves to act: He does great things, starting from those small things. (Pope Francis on John 6:1-15)
Resources for John Chapter 8
So spend a little time looking at the lights. Go see a large Christmas light display somewhere or just drive around your neighborhood and see how beautiful it looks. After…
Resources for John Chapter 10
This reflection will help youth understand the nature of sacrificial love. Love is more than just a warm fuzzy feeling. It is an intense desire for the well being of…
I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my…
Resources for John Chapter 11
Martha said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” (John 11:27)
Resources for John Chapter 12
Jesus tells us that unless a grain of wheat dies and falls to the ground, it will remain just a grain. This reflection will help youth consider the question of…
Resources for John Chapter 14
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live…
I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you…
Resources for John Chapter 15
This reflection will help youth consider where they find support. Are the people and things which hold them up part of the healthy vine of Jesus?
This reflection will help youth think about the difference between joy and happiness. Even when life is difficult, we can still find joy through our faith in Jesus Christ.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you…
Resources for John Chapter 17
This reflection will help youth consider what it means to “belong” to God. Do our lives reflect this belonging?
This reflection encourages youth to consider how they see the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives. This is a lesson for Pentecost in particular.
Resources for John Chapter 20
This reflection will help youth think about what it means to believe in something which can’t be seen. How do we know it is real?
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.…
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and…