By Father Paul Campbell, LC
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.
Lord, I believe in you and all that you have
revealed for our salvation. I hope in you because of
your overflowing mercy. Every single act of yours on this
earth demonstrated your love for us. Your ascent into heaven
before the eyes of the Apostles inspires my hope of
one day joining you there. I love you and wish
you to be the center of my life.
Lord, increase my faith, hope and love.
- The Disciple
Whom Jesus Loved: Peter is walking with Jesus along the
shore where Jesus has just foretold his future martyrdom. He
turns to ask Jesus about John, who was following them.
Throughout his Gospel, John designates himself as the disciple whom
Jesus loved. It is as if the most striking point
of John’s life and experience with Christ was that Jesus
loved him. It became his identity. How often do I
reflect on Christ’s love for me? How often do I
- What About Him? Jesus responds to
Peter’s question with a question of his own. What concern
is it of yours what happens to John? Christ’s relationship
with his disciples is deeply personal. Each has a mission
to complete in life. We can get distracted thinking about
and comparing ourselves to others, or whether they may or
may not be following Christ. However, these comparisons with others
(or their gifts, or their mission) can frequently be a
sign of our pride. We have our own mission to
fulfill, and no one can take our place. We need
to concentrate instead on that part of our mission which
is still ahead of us, yet to be fulfilled.
- We Know That His Testimony Is True: John is
a witness to all that has taken place in his
Gospel. His testimony was entrusted to a community of believers
and has come down to us under the guarantee of
the Church. The Gospel presents us with what Jesus actually
said and did. We need to hold fast to our
faith in the Gospel and not get sidetracked by modern
interpretations that cast doubt on everything. When we read the
scriptures we hear God’s voice. Do I read them with
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, thank you
for the testimony of your life that I find in
the Gospel. Increase my faith. Help me to read the
Scriptures and meditate on them with greater fervor. I know
that you want to speak to me through them. Help
me to follow you today.
Resolution: Today I will
help another person read a passage of the Gospel prayerfully.