Today's Gospel in Art - If all were written down...

  • Patrick van der Vorst

Gospel 30 May 2020 - John 21:20-25

Peter turned and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them - the one who had leaned on his breast at the supper and had said to him, 'Lord, who is it that will betray you?' Seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, 'What about him, Lord?' Jesus answered, 'If I want him to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you? You are to follow me.' The rumour then went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, 'He will not die', but, 'If I want him to stay behind till I come.'

This disciple is the one who vouches for these things and has written them down, and we know that his testimony is true.

There were many other things that Jesus did; if all were written down, the world itself, I suppose, would not hold all the books that would have to be written.

Reflection on the Photograph

Today I am sharing with you a simple photograph I took of the Bible I have with me in chapel. This is the Bible I use to reflect on our daily writings here.

Today's reading holds the very last words of the four Gospels. I thought there was beauty in the fact that most of the page after that is blank… It is for us to fill in the rest of that page… The Bible is neither a rulebook nor just a collection of nice stories to read… No, the Bible is primarily a story of love. A beautiful, at times heartbreaking redemptive story of how much God loves each one of us… So the blank page at the end of the four Gospels is now for us to write our own personal stories of love and friendship with Christ.

I know, that page wouldn't hold enough space to write our own stories of friendship with Him, past and future… but all I know, is that we have to entrust the pen to God and let Him write our stories…


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