The Beloved Disciple
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2015 OBEDIENCE AND NON-INTERFERENCE – “What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” – John 21:22
In 2013, I was blessed to be invited to talk about St. Peter as a leader. This was in the shrine named after him in Fairview, Quezon City. I shared that, just like him, I am impetuous and I talk fast without sometimes thinking deeply about the issue at hand.
The verse that I chose shows the scene where Peter asks Jesus what will happen to John, the beloved disciple. The Lord rebukes Peter by practically telling him it was none of his business. Then, Jesus says to him, “Follow Me.”
In our pilgrim lives, there might be moments that we might be tempted to ask the Lord what His will is for other people. We tend to compare ourselves to others and expect that what the Lord demands of us is what He’d ask from others, too.
But often, God is not like that. He calls us individually, asking one to serve Him in this way, and asking another to serve in that. It is prudent that we just obey what He tells us to do and not interfere in the purposes He has for others. Grace Princesa (grprincesa @yahoo.com)
Reflection: Are we interfering or obeying?
Lord, may I always listen to Your still, small voice and not the noise of the world.
2018 HE ASSURES YOU OF HIS LOVE Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. — John 21:20
I grew up believing that my parents were very strict. Papa gets mad at the smallest inconvenience. He doesn’t talk much and holds back his emotions most of the time. Mama is the megaphone of the family. She monitors my ins and outs, and is like a human bundy clock. I grew up having resentments because of their quirks.
One day, I told Papa I had to go to Tagaytay. He asked me what time we were leaving. This surprised me because it meant he was coming with me and would drive me to Tagaytay.
Another time, I came home late and found that Mama prepared something for me to eat. These little acts of love assured me that in spite of their strictness, they care for and love me.
Jesus was betrayed by His disciples when the Jews crucified Him on the cross. But when He rose again, Jesus assured them that He still loves them. He still loves me. And He loves you, too — no matter what! Jan Carlo Silan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reflect: Do you believe that God loves you? Will you receive that love?
Lord, thank You for Your love. We open ourselves to Your perfect love. Amen.
2018 JUST FOLLOW ME
There were only three of them in the scene: Jesus, Peter, and John. The two disciples had often been connected in some way with each other. They saw the major events of the Lord’s life together, including the transfiguration and the crucifixion. John was, in fact, at the foot of the cross, together with Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Peter was, in all appearances, manifesting his own rather hard-headed and impetuous ways. He asked the most difficult question that referred to the beloved disciple, the motive for which would be even more difficult to ascertain, much less guess. The Lord’s response was quick and cutting: “What concern is it of yours?” But it was followed up by a curt command: “You follow Me.”
Like Peter, we often love to second-guess others. We make a decision to do something good and, no sooner had we decided, we make serious reconsiderations and weigh things over repeatedly, and then change our minds. We decide to embark on doing something good and then we talk ourselves out of doing it. What if the person is not telling the truth? What if the fellow who begs for help is really out there to take advantage of my generosity?
Peter was not just impetuous; he was also calculating, even scheming. This is the same Peter who, after declaring he would follow the Lord no matter what, denied the Lord three times. Yesterday, we heard how he redeemed himself by saying, “I love You, Lord.” Like me and you, Peter was waxing and waning, coming and going, sinning and repenting, repeatedly.
John, in contrast, was portrayed as someone who kept close to the Lord, both in bonds of human, natural affection and willful, loyal dedication as a disciple. I need to tell my readers that I am more of a Peter than a John, at least in the former’s obtuseness and seeming hard-headedness. That abominable character in Shusaku Endo’s novel, who apostatized and confessed over and over again, is more like my story. I am worthy of the same rebuke: “You follow Me.” Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB
——- REFLECTION QUESTION ——- Like Peter, do you tend to say something and do otherwise?
Grant me a steadfast faith that I may always be true to my promises to You, Lord. Amen.
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