60 Second Reflections

May 30, 2020

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Easter season has come to an end. The celebration that began with the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ ends with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Easter season reading of the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of John has come to an end as well with today’s verses from each being their respective conclusions. The Acts of the Apostles that begins with Jesus’ pronouncement that the disciples would bear witness to him to the ends of the earth finishes with proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the Lord Jesus Christ in the ends of the earth. The Gospel of John that begins with the Word that was with God and yet became flesh and dwelt among us ends with the testimony of all that the Word had done while in the world that was but a fraction of the wonders that had actually taken place. From beginning to end, it has always been all about Jesus. Although Paul is in chains, under house arrest, the Gospel he continues to preach is unfettered. The beloved disciple will not be martyred but will live to ensure that what Jesus has done and said, even if it is but a snippet of all those marvelous works, is written down and testified to. Because the triumph of the Kingdom of God through the Lord Jesus Christ is all it has ever been about. Paul and Peter and the Beloved Disciple, among so many other courageous witnesses to the good news, all played their part in relaying the message, but they all understood that it was, from beginning to end, only about the message and not about them. Which is why they were so wildly successful in transmitting it. When we ourselves begin to recognize that everything we do in faith is only about Jesus, we will end focusing on our own egos and agendas. Because whether we exemplify it or not, it has always been about Jesus. It takes getting ourselves out of the way to be as wildly successful in handing that message on. Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Ps 11: 4, 5 and 7; Jn 21:20-25

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