May 18, Saturday Easter Weekday
The just will gaze on your face, O Lord. — Psalm 11 (see 7)
Mass Readings: Acts 28:16-20,30-31/John 21:20-25
Minding Our Business
Whether it’s a question of privileges or punishments, kids frequently want to know what will happen to a sibling: “How come he doesn’t have to go to bed?” “Is she grounded, too?” Today’s Gospel describes Peter’s response to Jesus’ warning about the kind of fate that would befall Peter (Jn 21:18-19), who promptly inquires about the beloved disciple, John: “Lord, what about him?” Jesus’ answer (although subsequently misinterpreted, fueling speculation that John would never die) was intended to show that John’s fate was none of Peter’s business!
Have we ever looked at another Christian and wondered along these lines: “Why is she so blessed when I am so burdened?” Or “Why does he get away with that kind of lifestyle?” The Lord’s rebuke wasn’t just for Peter: “What concern is it of yours? You follow me.”
Prayer: Lord, free me from the distractions of comparisons, and keep me completely focused on You.
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