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Throughout the Gospel of John Jesus poses a series of questions: ""What are you looking for?"" ""Do you want to be healed?"" ""Why do I speak to you at all?"" as well as the most poignant, addressed to Peter, ""Do you love me?"" Michael Crosbys reflections on these questions take us into the heart of Johns gospel. He highlights an important theme: the tension between a model of the church that gives emphasis to the Petrine principle of apostolic authority and a model of the church--characterized by the Beloved Disciple--that gives greater emphasis to loving service and discipleship. As Crosby shows, it is in balancing the roles of both Peter and the Beloved Disciple that the church best reflects the spirit of Christ.
Michael H. Crosby (1940-2017) was a Capuchin Franciscan whose preaching and writing on contemporary biblical discipleship took him around the world. He authored seventeen books, including Spirituality of the Beatitudes (Orbis, 2005), Finding Francis, Following Christ (Orbis, 2005), Repair My House (Orbis, 2008), and Fruit of the Spirit (Orbis, 2015).