Posted by: livingscripture | May 26, 2012

Seventh Saturday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“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’.”

                                                      (John 21: 21-22)                                                                                                                                                                          

 

How should we live this Word

Peter spots John, the apostle that Jesus loved and let him place his head on His chest at the Last Supper.  He asks what will become of him. Jesus responds with some seemingly mysterious words that are a salutary warning for us today.  What does it mean, ‘if I want him to remain until I come,’ a verse to which the Biblists give various interpretations?  What seems very actual and formative for us today is the question, ‘What concern is it of yours?’  It is actual because we often lose time and even peace of heart when we are nosey about the words and deeds of others.  We need to listen to Jesus who is telling us, ‘What concern is it of yours?’  What we should be concerned about is an active love that is cordial, operative, and seeks to meet the needs of others.  What we do not need to be concerned about is the responsibility, freedom, life of others.  ‘Of what concern is it of yours?’  And He immediately adds, ‘Follow Me.’

This is the command that counts.  This is the beacon that lights our way.  Following Jesus does not mean leaving everything and going into a convent or seminary, unless one is called.  Following Jesus means placing our feet in His footsteps.  Following Jesus does not mean keeping a well bound and elegant Bible on my desk.  Rather, it means nourishing myself on the Word that is light and salvation and following Jesus who said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will examine my thoughts.  Am I concerned about what Jesus is asking of me?

Jesus, lead me to be curious about Your will, Your desires.  Let my attitude toward others be one of cordial assistance when they are in need and a non-judgmental attitude at all times. 

The voice of Michel Quoist, Witness 

Just as a symphony needs every note, as a book needs every word, as a house needs every stone, as the ocean needs every drop of water, as the harvest needs every grain, humanity needs you, here where you are, unique and therefore irreplaceable.


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