Friday, June 06, 2014
Saturday 7th Week of Easter
Saturday 7th Week of Easter
Acts 28: 16-20, 30-31 / Ps 11: 4, 5 and 7 / Jn 21: 20-25
Upon our arrival in Rome, the captain turned the prisoners over to the military governor but permitted Paul to lodge in a private house with the soldier who guarded him. After three days, Paul called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered, he said to them: "Brothers, though I have not done anything against our people or against the traditions of our fathers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. They examined me and wanted to set me free, for they saw nothing in my case that deserved death. But the Jews objected, so I was forced to appeal to Caesar without the least intention of bringing any case against my own people. Therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I bear these chains." Paul stayed for two whole years in a house he himself rented, where he received without any hindrance all those who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught the truth about Jesus Christ, the Lord, quite openly and without any hindrance.
Gospel: John 21: 20-25
Peter looked back and saw that the disciple Jesus loved was following as well, the one who had reclined close to Jesus at the supper and had asked him, "Lord, who is to betray you?" On seeing him Peter asked Jesus, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain until I come, does that concern you? Follow me." Because of this the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, "He will not die," but "suppose I want him to remain until I come." It is this disciple who testifies about the things he has recorded here and we know that his testimony is true. But Jesus did many other things; if all were written down, the world itself would not hold the books recording them.
..."If I want him to live until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" (Jn 21:22)
Often we find ourselves trying to see if another gets a better deal than we do. Peter wanted to know if John the Beloved was to suffer the same fate as he would. Jesus, though lovingly, did not mince his words. He redirected Peter to what was important. Peter did not need to know what would happen to John. He had a very important mission. He needed to focus on that. Perhaps Peter realized this in the course of time for he willingly did what he had to do despite the fact that he knew the outcome.
Every now and then we encounter moments in our lives when we desperately want to know what would happen next. During these trying moments we fail to see the importance of having a strong faith in God. If we think about it, what could we do if we knew the ending? If it is a good ending, would we not try to find a way to make it come true? If, however, the ending is not to our liking, would we not become preoccupied with changing the apparent consequences?
If we look at small children, we can observe that they are happy with the present moment. They are spontaneous. Why? Because they know that someone is looking after them. Should we not learn from them and live with the faith that Someone bigger than we are is looking after us?
Let us pray to God to increase our faith so we may be present every day of our lives knowing that God Our Father knows what is best for us.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for the special intentions of Brian Jonathan Dy
* for the grace of wisdom and clarity of mind
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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