wceu: May 07, 2013

Concentrate on Your Task! - Spiritual Bite of the WCEU Newsletter 2013/2

John 21, 20-25 20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

We can’t live without sensing the influence of nowadays psychological and self-knowledge trends. The ‘be your self and you can do it!’ slogans got to be important to us. We get sad against our will, we consider that we are not smart or clever enough in a situation, we can’t accomplish things or we can’t be joyful the way that we imagined to be and we can’t be released like our co-workers, friends and brothers. These problems occur in our Christian communities too. The book of John ends with an interesting conversation. We meet a disciple who relies himself totally on Jesus when about self-knowledge: he defines himself as a person who is loved by Jesus and the people see him this way also. On the other hand there’s Peter, who receives a new calling from Jesus, but his curiosity diverts his attention from the task (‘follow me’) and he compares himself to John. Jesus intervenes: ‘I gave you a huge task, Peter, you don’t have time for other disciples’ business. Concentrate on one thing, let this be the fulfillment of your life: follow me!’ John and the disciples were probably affected by the myths spread about the disciple who would not die, mentioned mysteriously in Jesus’ teaching. The writer apologizes: Jesus didn’t say that John will not die, he said that his mission is hidden from the disciples. It’s important that Jesus would be in the center of attention. Do not take time, energy for analyzing other people’s life: even so, a life’s not long enough to understand everything about Jesus (verse 25).

May 07, 2013, 13:58 h by Krisztina Berke, Youth Worker, CE Romania, Trustee.