John the Lover

John the Lover

03 June 2017
Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
The Gospel Today
Jn 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.

Reflection (Sem. Miguel Josemaria C. Valeroso)

Ala eh… Batangueño pala are! I was surprised to find out that the seminary is a melting pot of people from various provinces. There are seminarians that are from as far north as Tuguegarao and from as far south as Davao. One thing is common among all of them, they are all proud of their provinces and they love their unique cultures. They love their localities so much that it is contagious. I get to appreciate their culture firsthand because of what they say, their stories, their manner of speaking and mannerisms, and their tastes particularly on food and even in their sense of humor. The lover knows the beloved and makes the beloved known.

The disciple whom Jesus loved has been described as someone who loves Jesus very much, so much so that he reclined his head on the chest of Jesus during that intimate supper among friends before the Lord’s passion. This same disciple, who mother Church has traditionally identified as St. John the Beloved, is the one who testified to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Being an eyewitness to the ministry of the Lord, he is a credible source of knowledge about who Christ is.

St. John leads us to have an intimate personal relationship with our Lord. We encounter God when we spend time with Him in prayer, talking about everything and anything, especially about our life decisions. We also get to know Jesus by reading about Him in Scriptures, which is like exchanging stories with a friend. Finally, let us get close to those who love our Lord so much like St. John and some of those around us. Let us get close to Mary who loves her son very much and knows our Lord from the womb.

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