May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Charles Lwanga

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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.

John tells us here that not everything Jesus or they did was written down, so how can people think that the Bible alone is our rule and guide? The Apostles, including John, were taught so much more than they wrote down, but they passed the words on by doing and saying. They lived what Jesus taught and that is what was handed down to us. We have the Bible and Tradition to live by. You cannot have one and not the other. They fulfill each other. Turn to the truth and your life will fulfill the mission of Our Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you have handed down to us. Your truth is to be read AND lived. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you all the praise and the glory, Amen and Alleluia!

The just will gaze on your face, O Lord, Alleluia!


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