May 23, 2015
Saturday, 7th Week of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 28:16–20, 30–31
Gospel: 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 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.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Most people complain not because life is harsh to them but because they envy at how life is treating others. Consider today’s Gospel reading. Peter looked back and saw that the disciple Jesus loved was following as well. 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.” Let’s take a fuller view at today’s Gospel reading by revisiting yesterday’s.
In yesterday’s Gospel (Jn 21:15-19) Peter assured Jesus three times of his love. For this, Jesus entrusted to him the stewardship of his flock. He said, “Tend my sheep …feed my lambs.” But there was one condition: Peter must follow Jesus. Moreover Jesus also expected him to be ready to die for that flock. Jesus warned: “You will stretch out your hand and another will tie it fast.” (Jn 21:18). Interpreted using the symbolisms of those times, this warning meant that Peter was also to die crucified. Indeed he died of crucifixion for his faith. But he wanted to die crucified up-side-down because he felt unworthy to die exactly the way Jesus did.
What an act of self-surrender! But before he reached this level Peter had to grow in faith. When Jesus called him to be “fisher of men” it was possible that he only had a vague idea of the implication of that call. But by and by he was getting a broader picture of the intensity of sufferings awaiting him if he held on to Jesus. Seeing John the beloved disciple, Peter asked if he too would suffer so much. But Jesus made him understand that John’s fate was not his concern. Peter’s business was to tend and to feed the lambs.
We act like Peter when we compare ourselves to others. Using the fortunes of others as basis to complain to God is a form of escapism because it shifts our focus from the real issues we need to face. Let’s respect God’s will for others and attend to our own challenges for our salvation and the salvation of the world! – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM., MAPM. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father, we wish to renew our commitment to Faith so that in our trials and sufferings we may embrace your Holy Will in union with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: ST. EUPHROSYNE OF POLOTSK, Virgin. She was the daughter of Prince Svyatoslave of Polotsk in the USSR region. She entered a convent and spent most of her time copying books. She shared her spirituality by travelling to different places. She founded a convent in Seltse when she went to Constantinople. She died while she was in Jerusalem.