Our Gospel tells us, “The Passover of the Jews was near.” John first dropped that phrase when Jesus went up to Jerusalem to drive the animals and money changers out to the temple. He used it again when Jesus looked up, seeing the five thousand he would feedHe use it a third time here a week before Jesus woud die.
At this time of year our Mass liturgies often speak of the Paschal Mystery, and to plumb the depth of that mystery, we must look at what all it refers to.
One: the Passover was the final meal the Israelites ate before breaking away from slavery.
Two: the Passover was passing over the Red Sea in the way God made for them,
Third: the Passover was passing over forty years (symbolizing a full life) with God leading
Fourth: the Passover was passing over the Jordan into the Promised Land
Fifth: it was Jesus passing over death to ever-lasting life.
Sixth: It as or joining Jesus in passing over death to ever-lasting life.
“Deep River, my home is over Jordan”