FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
SEVENTH SATURDAY OF EASTER TIME
May 30, 2020
WORD of the DAY
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.” (John 21, 20-22)
How shall I live this Word?
How many times have we envied John, known in his own Gospel as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, the one who during the Last Supper, the most important one, the most intimate one, was at His side and bent over His chest, almost to make his heart resound in unison with that of Jesus.
But we are the beloved disciples, like John, because for us He died and rose, for us He sent His disciples all over the world. He entrusts us with His most precious good, His Church, and it is we whom He calls to be the apostles of His kingdom.
We are the beloved disciples provided that we allow ourselves to be called by Him, we remain close to Him, we follow Him on the roads of the world, and we do not abandon Him in the moment of trial. We welcome all those whom He entrusts to us, like John also a beloved disciple.
Lord, give us Your Holy Spirit so that we may be able to live as Your beloved disciple John lived.
The voice of Monsignor Ravasi, Theologian
According to a characteristic of the fourth evangelist, the expression “disciple whom Jesus loved” acquires a resonance that goes beyond personal identification.
In John of Zebedee, we want to typify the portrait of the ideal disciple, therefore the expression takes on a symbolic value. The theologian Max Thurian wrote: “He is the personification of the perfect disciple, of the true faithful one of Christ, of the believer who received the Spirit!”
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