Posted by: frburke23 | June 2, 2017

Thought for Saturday, 7th Week of Easter (June 3, 2017)

Thought for Saturday, 7th Week of Easter (June 3, 2017)
 
JOHN 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.
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This is the very end of the Gospel of John. It is interesting to note that this happens right after Jesus appears to Peter and the other apostles after the resurrection. Jesus has just asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Now Peter is concerned about who is going to betray Jesus. He asked Jesus if it will be John, the beloved disciple.
 
Jesus tells Peter, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” Word spread among the disciples that John would not die. In fact, he was the only one of the Twelve that died of natural causes at an old age. The others died as martyrs. Jesus also was telling Peter to mind his own business, “What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” In other words, do not worry about anyone else but yourself. Make sure you are following me and do not worry about John.
 
We often do the same thing as Peter. Instead of focusing on our own growth in holiness, we try to point out others’ faults. Jesus wants us to worry about our own salvation and our own relationship with Him. What is most important is our desire and attempt to follow Him.
 
The Gospel of John ends with the author telling us that if he tried to write down everything Jesus said and did, the world could not contain all of the books that would be written. In other words, the Scriptures are the Sacred Word of God, but they do not contain everything Jesus said and did. Some will say, “If it is not in the Bible, I will not believe it.” John tells us here that not everything is in the Bible, so there must be things beyond the Bible for us to consider. Therefore, we rely on the Holy Spirit and the Church to guide us, teach us and lead us. We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost tomorrow.
 
This is very important. For example, the Bible says nothing about cloning, so we must rely on the principles given to us in Scripture and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
 
Do I gossip and point out the faults of others?
Or am I focused on my own relationship with Christ?
Do I believe that the Holy Spirit continues to reveal God to us beyond what is written in the Scriptures?
 
Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
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