Mass Reading & Meditation for May 18, 2013

Meditation: John 21:20-25

Saint John I, Pope and Martyr

“When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about him?’” (John 21:21)

Didn’t Peter have a right to wonder what would happen to John? After all, Jesus had asked him to pastor the infant Church, beginning with the apostles. But Jesus gently rebuked Peter. “If I want him to remain until I come, what concern is it of yours?” Only one thing mattered: “You follow me” (John 21:22).

We too are often tempted to wonder about others.

“Lord, what about my mother, who has lived such a holy life? You may be ready to welcome her into heaven, but I don’t want to say good-bye just yet!”

“Be at peace. I’m working out my perfect plan for your mother and for you. Are there things you need to say or ask her before that time? Focus your attention there.”

“Lord, what about that man I so often pass begging on the street corner?”

“Don’t turn away as if you don’t see him. Know that I love him, and look on him with compassion. Bless him in your heart, and look carefully to see if there’s anything you should do to help.”

“Lord, what about my fellow parishioner who seems to be good at everything?”

“Guard your heart against envy. Be grateful when you are invited to work alongside him. Be alert to his hidden needs and concerns, and pray for him, even if you think he’s got it all together.”

“Lord, what about my neighbor, who seems so wounded by his divorce that he has stopped going to Church?”

“I have him in the palm of my hand. I understand his pain and anger. His story isn’t finished yet, and I may have a part for you to play. But for now, just stay close to me, and pray for him. When the time comes, you’ll know what to do.”

“Lord, your sheep are all so different!”

“That’s right. And I love each one in a unique way. Set your heart on loving me, entrust others to me, and I’ll show you the way.”

“Jesus, I want to follow you with all my heart. Show me the way!”

Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Psalm 11:4-5, 7

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