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Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

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Gospel text (Jn 21:20-25): There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written. Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?”

It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

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.