MAY 22. EASTER. Wk. 7. Sat. Jn. 21 20-25
Updated: Sep 5
Peter turned and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them – the one who had leaned on his breast at the supper and had said to him, ‘Lord, who is it that will betray you?’ Seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘What about him, Lord?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you? You are to follow me.’ The rumour then went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, ‘He will not die’, but, ‘If I want him to stay behind till I come.’
This disciple is the one who vouches for these things and has written them down, and we know that his testimony is true.
There were many other things that Jesus did; if all were written down, the world itself, I suppose, would not hold all the books that would have to be written.
Here, on the eve of Pentecost Sunday, the Church gives us the conclusion of St John’s Gospel, and I think the focus at this holy time, with the feast of the Holy Spirit tomorrow, we should be pondering the wisdom, not just of this reading, but of the Gospels in their entirety.
How easily we “forget” that they are divinely inspired and they constitute a divine gift of God to his people, and they are where we should be focussing so much of our attention as we try to learn and understand the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Gospels should be on a stand in the centre of every home, given their origins and the wisdom they contain, but what do we find in the centre of every home instead; - the television set!! And why? Because it “entertains us” and makes us “feel good” and provides us with the “latest news”, so we have to have it.
But, sadly, we never stop to analysis the garbage that is being put before us. It is interesting to actually analysis the value of the content because when we do this we will discover we are feeding ourselves with utter garbage, with little or no value; - especially when compared to the value of the Gospels.
One encourages us to “look after ourselves”; - the other encourages us to ‘deny ourselves!’
And we know in our hearts the one whose values we would like our children to live by!
The Gospels originate from the hands of our Creator; - while television content originates from business, where the sole focus is on making financial gain from what is shown to us; - and we know this; - but we still delude ourselves about the “benefits” of our television set?
Is it any wonder the Church and World are in such dire straits, when there is no question the values taught by Jesus Christ, and encapsulated in the Gospels, have been replaced by the “values” of the world?
“Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the Faithful and enkindle in them the fire of thy love.
Send forth your Spirit O Lord, and our hearts will be created. - O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in his consolations. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and Mary, the Mother of the Church!”
Gospel Acclamation cf.Jn16:7,13
I will send you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
he will lead you to the whole truth.
First reading Acts 28:16-20,30-31 ·
In Rome, Paul proclaimed the kingdom of God without hindrance from anyone
On our arrival in Rome Paul was allowed to stay in lodgings of his own with the soldier who guarded him.
After three days he called together the leading Jews. When they had assembled, he said to them, ‘Brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. They examined me and would have set me free, since they found me guilty of nothing involving the death penalty; but the Jews lodged an objection, and I was forced to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation to make against my own nation. That is why I have asked to see you and talk to you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I wear this chain.’
Paul spent the whole of the two years in his own rented lodging. He welcomed all who came to visit him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete freedom and without hindrance from anyone.