18th MAY 2024

My Reflections...: Reflection for June 4, Saturday of the Seventh Week of  Easter: John 21:20-25


SATURDAY, SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 28: 16-20, 30-31;                       Ps 11: 4-5, 7;              Jn 21: 20-25


   

WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS?

 

Today’s gospel reading concludes Saint John’s account of Jesus’ life. He states, “There are 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.” In other words, He chose only the signs about Jesus that were appropriate for his purpose in writing. His goal in writing his gospel is to demonstrate that Jesus is God, that God is love, and that Jesus extends His divine life to His disciples. We could also strongly say that, despite scientific advances and advancements, we will continue to find mysteries in our world, particularly in our lives and religion. It is because God, the Creator, has left his imprint on this world eternally.

 

Someone had stated that these remarks provide evidence in favour of the Church’s reliance on Sacred Tradition. The notion of ‘sola scriptura,’ which holds that the Bible is the sole basis of our Christian faith, is strangely not supported by the Sacred Scripture itself. We must go to the Church’s legacy, particularly her history, witness from the first few centuries, liturgy, and pious practices, in order to tap into the full richness of our faith. For this, we must rely on a live reality that receives ongoing support from Christ through the operation of the Holy Spirit. This is the Catholic Church’s ongoing tradition, which Christ has entrusted to her legitimate pastors, the Twelve Apostles’ successors.

 

But why compare ourselves to others? Why do we want to be better off than our neighbours? It’s no wonder we have so many rivals and adversaries. Peter and John are both invited to be disciples of Jesus, and each is assigned a separate mission to complete. What is interesting is when Peter doubts John’s role. He questions Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus told him, “What if I want him to stay until I arrive? What are your concerns? You follow me” (verses 21-22).

 


Response: The upright shall behold your face, O Lord.


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17th MAY 2024

Love One Another (John 15:9-17)


FRIDAY, SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER

 

Acts 25:13-21;                        Ps 103:1-2,11-12,19-20;                    Jn 21:15-19


  

LOVE CONQUERS ALL

 

The question of Jesus, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” can be analyzed in two ways: Simon are you ready to give up your boat, fishing net and to deny your career? It is a radical call from Christ to make a firm decision to leave the luxurious life of happiness and joy and devote oneself to the service of God and God’s people. In another way, Jesus calls Peter to love him more than the rest of the disciples. Just before the passion of Christ, Peter had expressed his words of faith in (Mt 26:33) “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away” and in (Jn 6:68) “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” But during the time of trouble and persecution, Peter wasn’t there with Jesus. Perhaps this could be sensed as a warning to Peter to not to swerve from loving Jesus.

 

Jesus asking the same question to Peter three times indicates the denial of Peter as a symbol. This was the opportunity for Peter to proclaim his love for Christ three times as “Yes, Lord you know that I love you”. And we see Jesus Christ accepting Peter with his loving and forgiving spirit.

 

The love and faith professed by Peter in Christ carried along with it some responsibilities as the leader of the Apostles: Firstly, to lead the flock of Christ in faith and hope: Jesus by shedding his blood reconciled the people to God and Peter had to surrender his life for Christ and to the Church to strengthen this relationship. Secondly, the love for Christ made Peter to die for him on the Cross, he died on the Cross in Rome for his faith in Jesus Christ. It is clear that love calls for a life of self-renunciation and dedication. If we love Christ truly, we must be ready to accept the cross and the responsibility along with it with a generous mind. In our faith and dedicated life let us not lose our faith and courage in Jesus Christ. Let us live our lives always united in Christ and in his teachings.

 


Response: The Lord has fixed his throne in heaven.


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