Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

My Reflection for Saturday June 7, Seventh Week of Easter John 21:20-25

Gospel: John 21:20-25
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.
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Reflection:
 John is the disciple whom Jesus loved; there is that closeness between them and we saw it when John reclined upon His chest (John 13:23-25). John was also the only disciple who was with Jesus until His last gasp of breath on the cross.

In our present time it may be very odd to see a man recline upon the chest of another man. Our vicious imaginations will conclude something else that is forbidden by the church but is somewhat accepted already by our society now.

But during Jesus’ time; it suggest pure intimacy between the Master/Teacher (Jesus) and His disciple (John). John has Jesus’ ears that he could ask HIM questions whenever he wants too. The strength of their friendship was clearly evident when John stayed with Jesus until the very end.

This is also the intimacy that Jesus wants from us, Jesus wants us also to  stay with HIM regardless of our life’s predicament. We stay intimate with Jesus in our happy moments and the more that we become intimate with Jesus in our moments of sadness and trials.    

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