Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I will send you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
I will guide you to all truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Scripture: John 21: 20-25

20 Peter turned and saw them following the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that I will remain until I eat, what is that to you? Follow me!” 23 The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that I will remain until I eat, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. 25 But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written,

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Peter follows, John remains, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

“The Lord either said what he said to Peter about his martyrdom, or he said it about the gospel of John. As regards the martyrdom and this ‘Follow me,’ [he means] suffer for me, suffer what I did. Because Christ was crucified, Peter too was crucified… while John experienced none of this. That is what is meant by, ‘It is thus that I wish him to remain.’ Let him fall asleep without wounds, without torment, and wait for me. You, Peter, ‘Follow me,’ suffer what I did. That’s one way these words can be explained…
“As regards the Gospel of John, though, this is what I think is meant: that Peter wrote about the Lord, others too wrote, but their writing was more concerned with the Lord’s humanity … But while there is something about the divinity of Christ in Peter’s letters, in John’s gospel it is very much to the fore … He soared above the clouds and soared above the stars, soared above the angels, soared above every creature and arrived at the Word through which all things were made . ” (excerpt from Sermon 253.5.5)

 

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May the power of your love, Lord Christ, fiery and sweet as honey, so absorb our hearts as to withdraw them from all that is under heaven. ready to die for love of your love, as you died for love of our love. “