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Liturgical day: Saturday 7th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 21,20-25): But Jesus did many other things; if all were written down, the world itself would not hold the books recording them. Peter looked back and saw that the disciple Jesus loved was following as well, the one who had reclined close to Jesus at the supper and had asked him, « Lord, who is to betray you?». On seeing him, Peter asked Jesus, «Lord, what about him?». Jesus answered, «If I want him to remain until I come, does that concern you? Follow me». Because of this the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, «He will not die», but «suppose I want him to remain until I come».

It is this disciple who testifies about the things he has recorded here and we know that his testimony is true. But Jesus did many other things; if all were written down, the world itself would not hold the books recording them.

Today we read the last words of the Gospel according to John. Among the Apostles John also has a "special place": he is a direct witness of the death of Jesus and of the very risen Jesus. John acts as a "notary": he wants to give "testimony of these things" and it is he who "wrote them". With similar words John also wanted to certify the real death of Christ with the heart pierced by a spear.

—Jesus’ life is exciting, rich in words and deeds. St. John, who survived the rest of Apostles, tells us the essential. Many other things can also be "seen" based on the Tradition of the Church and in our personal meditation.