The Passion account of John is unique among the Gospel accounts in a number of ways. So let me play the Bible teacher that I am.
Paul's reflection on baptism as dying and rising to new life names the event to which all the readings have been pointing.
The resurrection is not simply a proof that Jesus is truly son of God; it is also the sign that cosmic history has taken a new and fresh turn.
John Kavanaugh, SJ
Instead of picking up the ear of an enemy and somehow reattaching it, why not have Jesus use that power to knock all their heads off?
Jesus entered the deeps of death, a plunge he need not have made, had he not loved us in our sorry state.
Something new is promised: a water, not of chaos, but of cleansing.
John J. Pilch
To wash the feet (or hands) is to wash away the offensive deeds performed by these appendages.
John's Passion Story illustrates the use of seven items in "concentric arrangement" similar to the musical device employed by Bach.
From a cultural perspective, a woman alone outdoors is an anomaly. Theologians believe that this is John’s way of highlighting the Magdalene’s special importance.