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SATURDAY OF THE SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER, MAY 18, 2024





Gospel

Jn 21:20-25

Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved,

the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper

and had said, "Master, who is the one who will betray you?"

When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about him?"

Jesus said to him, "What if I want him to remain until I come?

What concern is it of yours?

You follow me."


So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die.

But Jesus had not told him that he would not die,

just "What if I want him to remain until I come?

What concern is it of yours?


It is this disciple who testifies to these things

and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.

There are also many other things that Jesus did,

but if these were to be described individually,

I do not think the whole world would contain the books

that would be written.


REFLECTION

"What concern is it of yours?

You follow me."


As we travel in our spiritual journey, how would we describe the ideal beloved disciple?


Is he one who watches and prays, allows himself to recline next to Jesus at the Eucharist, shares the passion of Jesus with His sufferings, believes that Jesus is God incarnate, that He resurrected and the Holy Spirit helps us with the work of the Lord?


Do we find ourselves confident of knowing God's will and that our present situation is where He wants us?. Do we worry about our qualifications, the qualifications of others, our gifts and the gifts of others? Or do we find ourselves in full abandonment to His will ready to move on and change wherever God sends us?


The building of God's kingdom is His concern alone. My role is to follow Him. "Follow me" is an invitation to love and trust and allow the Holy Spirit full control in our work for the Kingdom.


God Bless You.



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