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June 3, 2017

St. Charles Lwanga & Companions, martyrs

Jn 21: 20-25

Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” So the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”

This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

You Follow Me

In today’s Gospel, Peter points to John, asking “Lord, what about him?” Two thousand years later, we often find ourselves asking a version of that same question when we feel we are being treated unfairly, or that someone else is getting a better deal than we are.  Jesus’s response to Peter, “What concern is it of yours?  You follow me,” can apply to each of us.  Our focus should not be on making sure we are getting a fair shake.  Rather, our focus remains on following Jesus.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ugandan Martyrs, the 22 Catholics who were martyred in the 1880s for refusing the king’s command to renounce their faith..  Instead of asking God why he had to suffer, a teenager named Kizito spoke his final words, “Goodbye, friends.  We are on our way.”

How is God asking you to follow?

—The Jesuit prayer team

Prayer

Lord, we pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are persecuted for their faith.  Give them the strength to persevere in faith, hope, and love.  Change the hearts of those who persecute them.  Grant us the fortitude to speak on their behalf, that all may be free to worship God as they wish.

—The Jesuit prayer team

 

 

 

 

 

 


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June 3, 2017

St. Charles Lwanga & Companions, martyrs

Jn 21: 20-25

Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” So the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”

This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

You Follow Me

In today’s Gospel, Peter points to John, asking “Lord, what about him?” Two thousand years later, we often find ourselves asking a version of that same question when we feel we are being treated unfairly, or that someone else is getting a better deal than we are.  Jesus’s response to Peter, “What concern is it of yours?  You follow me,” can apply to each of us.  Our focus should not be on making sure we are getting a fair shake.  Rather, our focus remains on following Jesus.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ugandan Martyrs, the 22 Catholics who were martyred in the 1880s for refusing the king’s command to renounce their faith..  Instead of asking God why he had to suffer, a teenager named Kizito spoke his final words, “Goodbye, friends.  We are on our way.”

How is God asking you to follow?

—The Jesuit prayer team

Prayer

Lord, we pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are persecuted for their faith.  Give them the strength to persevere in faith, hope, and love.  Change the hearts of those who persecute them.  Grant us the fortitude to speak on their behalf, that all may be free to worship God as they wish.

—The Jesuit prayer team

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!