For 18 May 2013, Saturday of 7th week of Easter, based on John 21:20-25
This preaching originally appeared on theWord on 10 May 2008.
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, â€œLord, who is it that is going to betray you?â€ When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, â€œLord, what about him?â€ Jesus said to him, â€œIf it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!â€ So the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, â€œIf it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?â€ This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.