READINGS for 2007-05-26
Peter asked Jesus. “What about him, Lord?” – John 21:21
Acts 28:16-20, 29-31
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 34-37
TWO ENDINGS – TWO BEGINNINGSToday we read the last verses of two New Testament books, the Acts of the Apostles and John’s gospel. But both endings do not end but are open. Let us look at the Acts. Paul has reached Rome, the capital of the mighty Empire. He is a prisoner but without having had his trial yet he lives in his own lodgings, chained to a soldier. But this situation allows him to preach freely to all who visit him. At the end of Acts the Good News had reached the center of the Empire. And so this book came to an end. But the Good News continued and continues to spread. Having reached Rome, nothing and nobody would be able to stop it from conquering the world. And nothing could and will ever stop it from being proclaimed.
The Good News has gone out and will continue to go out, as Jesus had foretold, into the whole world. Today, there is, I think, no country where the Good News is not yet proclaimed – even though in some the faith is suppressed. And yet, it is amazing that especially in those countries the faith of Christians is very strong, that there are many vocations to the priesthood and to religious life, while vocations in free countries are diminishing. If our parents take this task seriously and bring their children up in the faith, we will have also more vocations again and our Church will be more credible and stronger again.
The end of John’s gospel can make one feel sad. The evangelist has to admit that what he has written about Jesus’ teachings and deeds is only a fracture of what Jesus actually said and did throughout his years here on earth. But what is written is enough to know and love the Lord and become his followers.
The two New Testament books found their end, but both endings make us look forward to the marvelous development of Christ’s teachings in the world. And we are part of this development. Not only that we have received the faith of John and of Paul, no, as they did everything to give their faith to the next generation our task is to follow their example. Whether the next generations will be Christian generations depends very much on our exemplary Christian life and on our sharing of God’s Word with those we meet in daily life. What a task! God needs us! What a privilege — and what a responsibility! Fr. Rudy H.
REFLECTION QUESTION: What do I do that the Good News will reach the next generation?
Lord, I feel the responsibility to hand over my faith to the next generation. May Your Holy Spirit help me in this task!
St. Becan, hermit, pray for us.
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