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.
John’s Gospel concludes by saying our Lord did much more than could ever be written down. Indeed, “the world itself could not contain the books” necessary to record Jesus’s many other works and signs individually. This conclusion is, of course, true not only because the mystery of the Christ event continues to unfold even today, but also because the Body of Christ, which is the Church, continues to inscribe that mystery.
Our Lord’s work, in other words, is an ongoing story. Hence we, as the Church and as Gaudium et Spes proclaims, continue to work in this world as the theater of human history, with its tragedies and triumphs, so that emancipated by Christ the world might be fashioned anew according to God’s loving design and purpose
—Penn Dawson, SJ, is a member of the USA Central and Southern Province. He will be ordained a priest on June 9, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier College Church in Saint Louis. His first assignment as a priest will be in Central America at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Belize City.
Now to God who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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