June 7, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

John 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. Alejandro Pestaño):

     As I read this Gospel, I felt something from the tone of Peter’s question to Jesus “Lord, what about him?” pointing to John, the disciple whom Jesus loved.  Personally I sensed that there seems to be a tone of envy on Peter.  Today’s Gospel is a continuation of yesterday’s where Peter was asked three times by Jesus if he truly loves the Lord.  Peter in response had affirmed his willingness to serve the Lord. And then the Gospel yesterday ended showing the kind of death Peter has to face. That is why today, Peter asked Jesus about John’s death and Jesus answered him by saying “What concern is it of yours? You follow me.”

     Sometimes we are preoccupied about so many things and also people around us.  We become envious with other people.  For this matter we tend to compare ourselves to others and end up being sad and frustrated because we realize that others are better than us, others are richer than us or others have a good or better life than us.  Because of this, we try to exhaust our energies just to compete with them because we want to be better ones if not the best.  Can we not be contented by what we have?  Can we not just be happy with others whom we think are more blessed than us?

     Envy is one of the seven capital sins.  It is very dangerous to become envious with others because it would lead to other sins like thievery, murder and other things that could lead to the destruction not only of others but more so even of our own selves.  Today’s Gospel is reminding us that we are all loved by God and as such, He is giving us graces and blessings according to our own needs.  The answer of Jesus to Peter “What concern is it of yours? You follow me” is a call for us to mind only our own and not to be envious of others.  It is an invitation for us to just focus on Jesus by following Him, His commandments and trusting in Him.  This is first and foremost our duty.  Whatever He wants to give us is His prerogative.  By putting our trust in Jesus means that we surrender to whatever He will give to us because we know that God knows what is best for us always.

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