Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Memorial Feast: Saint Christopher Magallanes (1869-+1927,) Priest and Companions, Martyrs, Patron Saint of Travelers
Acts of the Apostles 25:13b-21, Psalm 103, & John 21:15-19
In two days, the season of Easter will be over, and the church will celebrate Pentecost Sunday. The readings for today from Acts and Saint John focus on two prominent figures in the New Testament—Peter and Paul.
The theme of the readings is discipleship. Jesus' directive to follow Him is clear and straightforward. The manner in which one's discipleship is lived is unique to the person and may vary within each individual's lifetime. The lives of Peter and Paul bear this out.
In the first reading from Acts, we see a dramatic shift in the manner of Paul's discipleship. Here was a person who had traveled extensively, having undertaken three great missionary journeys, leading into his confining existence of "house arrest." Circumstances may change, but the call to discipleship is constant and, as we discern, very adaptable.
In the Gospel narrative of Saint John, Peter delivered a passionate response to Jesus of his love for his Master and his devotion to his future ministry. However, Peter may have been a bit flustered by the exchange of being asked, "Do you love me?" three times. Our Lord directs Peter to get on with his life and his own discipleship.
Friends, the approach to one's discipleship is pretty apparent. The call by Jesus can be gradual, as in the case of Peter, or dramatic, as in Paul's case. Peter and Paul had different personalities, different strengths, and weaknesses. Jesus sends out unique individuals as disciples—namely, all of us. It is essential to rejoice in and utilize our different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses to become "authentic" disciples.
Question of the Day: In today's world, how will you transform your manner of discipleship by adapting your personality, increasing your strengths, and managing your weaknesses?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, grant me the desire to serve others with love and to offer myself to them as You have offered Yourself for me. Amen.