READING OF THE DAY
A reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,
with the soldier who was guarding him.
Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.
When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers,
although I had done nothing against our people
or our ancestral customs,
I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.
But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar,
even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.
This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you
and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel
that I wear these chains.”
He remained for two full years in his lodgings.
He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance
and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God
and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to John
Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved,
the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper
and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?”
When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?
You follow me.”
So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die.
But Jesus had not told him that he would not die,
just “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?”
It is this disciple who testifies to these things
and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.
There are also many other things that Jesus did,
but if these were to be described individually,
I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written.
May 3, 2022
Friday of 7th week of Easter
Dear People of God,
Today's word of God talks about the resurrected Christ appearing to the apostles.
In this apparition, what did Jesus say? He asked Peter three times: "Do you love me"? He asked three times to test Peter's faith in God. And Peter's reply to Jesus Christ: "I love you, you know that I love you more than any other brothers." And after Peter answered three times to confess and profess his faith in God, Peter was given by God to continue the mission of Jesus Christ, to care for God's flocks of sheep.
God has placed Saint Peter as the head, representing God to take care of and preserve the Church he founded. And until now, the Church has always been holy, pure, always connected with Jesus Christ as the head. And there is only one Church, one God, one Jesus Christ. He always longs for all of his sheep to be gathered into one thing, which is His Church. But in this world, people are not immune to the temptations and snares of Satan that are gradually dividing His Church. But that division does not detract from the image of His Church as the body of Christ.
Another special feature in the event of the resurrection is that the Lord appeared, gave and chose to call the apostle Peter as the representative of the Lord, showing that: the person chosen by God is not aimed at people with high authority, high position, study and understand deeply, but he aimed at a person who always knew how to love God above all things and love his brothers as himself. That is what pleases God. And when He lovingly chooses and calls holy apostles, He will always accompany and be with them. This also shows that: All those who have been chosen and called to follow God's path after or before, He will always protect and accompany that person at all times.
Therefore, he invites everyone to walk peacefully in the path of Jesus Christ, that is, the way to carry the cross to Calvary, to die with the Lord and to be resurrected with him.
Thanks be to God. Amen.