Friday, May 18, 2018
SATURDAY, 7th Week of Easter
May 19, 2018 – SATURDAY, 7th Week of Easter
Acts 28: 16 - 20, 30 - 31 / Jn 21: 20 – 25
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 28: 30- 31
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 READING: Jn 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 asked him, "Lord, who is to betray you?" On seeing him Peter asked, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain until I come, does that concern you? Follow me."
Because of this, 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.
Discipleship has many faces. Each disciple is called to journey a different
path toward the same goal, with the same purpose.
The first reading talks about Paul's ministry in Rome. A stranger and prisoner in Rome, Paul preached about Jesus to Gentile friends and converts. He was forbidden to speak in large gatherings in public places. Paul showed great trust in the Lord in his many trials and persecutions: the Lord who brought him to Rome will guide and watch over him.
The Gospel reading speaks of Peter asking about the "fate" of the disciple Jesus loved. In Jesus' answer Peter was told to mind his own mission, not John's, not another's. Peter's mission was to follow Jesus in his own way.
Similarly each one of us is called to follow Christ in our particular and unique way. We can learn from the lives and example of many generous and dedicated followers of Christ. But bottom-line we follow and serve the Lord Jesus in the unique circumstances of our talents and opportunities. What really matters is that we follow and love and serve Jesus the best way we can.
Discipleship is a total offering of self, though wounded and torn, yet willingly offered to be made whole again for Christ's mission.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Gregorio A. Kaw
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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