Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter/ May 30,2020
Gospel: John 21:20-25
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus was talking to Peter about the apostle John. How could John testify to Him, as He wants John to remain, and what could be his responsibility in the future. As we all know that the apostle John was the youngest of all apostles of Christ. Probably, as he was the youngest, he could be the closest apostle to Jesus. And we could testify to that because the scriptures referred to him as the ‘beloved disciple’ (John 21:7, 20) and in the last supper he was described as the apostle beside Jesus (John 13:23). So John was an important witness in the life of Jesus Christ. Surely, his testimony is strong and probably enough for the disciples and those who do not yet know Christ to believe.
How does John testify to Jesus? If we recall episodes on the life of Christ with His beloved, we will discover that John is one of the privileged apostle to witness closely Jesus’ victory over death: In raising Jairus daughter to life, at the Transfiguration Jesus is prefigured to be glorified in his death, and during the crucifixion John was on the foot of the cross. But his testimony to Christ does not end there. John continued his testimony even until this time, for he was the disciple who spoke of the things happened in Israel and wrote them down (He caused them to be written down) and we all know that what John said is true” (John 21:24). This is what Jesus meant about John’ remaining until He comes again. That the Word should be written down, so that it will remain in the hearts of men.
How does this testimony of John lead us? It leads us to the Truth of our Faith. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our[a] joy complete.” (1 John 1:1-4)
Prayer: Abba, our Loving Father thank You for Your Son Jesus, who give us life by winning death. May we in His second coming find Joy and Peace in the faith that You’ve gave us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.