You follow me!
Readings: 1st: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; Ps: 10; Gos: John 21:20-25
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is Saturday of the Seventh week of Easter. We have come to the end of the gospel according to Saint John.
For two reasons, this encounter and dialogue between Christ and his disciples ended in a very interesting way.
The first is, the question of Peter to Christ regarding John, and the response of Jesus response to Peter. The response of Jesus reminds us that, as a loving friend, Jesus is not ready to leave any of us behind.
Christ called each of us. In doing so, he sees some thing unique in each of us which others might not see. So, even when we appear irrelevant in the eyes of others, we still remain relevant to Christ and his mission.
He is the one who chose us. No one, or nothing can stop him from loving us, not even ourselves. All we need to do is to follow and constantly remain close to him at all time. The second reason why this encounter and dialogue ended in a very interesting way is the way John the evangelist concluded this chapter.
He writes: “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.”
This is a simple way of saying, I have written only a few things about what Christ did. He did, and probably said many things which I was not able to write down or record all.
This helps to answer one question that some people ask: “Where is it in the bible?” If I do not see it in the bible, it is not true. The gospel is an account of “part of the life and ministry of Jesus by some inspired men and instruments of God.
So, this Pentecost, let us ask the Holy Spirit to teach us more about Christ, and also to remind us of what Christ himself has taught us through his inspired instruments.
Peace be with you all!