Father Paul Campbell, LC
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
Introductory Prayer: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.
Petition:Lord, increase my
faith, hope and love.
1. 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 cherish it?
2. 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.
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 such faith?
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
Resolution:Today I will help another person
read a passage of the Gospel prayerfully.