Acts 25:13-21 and
Gospel of John 21:15-19 Reflection:
We are coming to the end of Eastertide and the readings are all drawing the season to a close. In the first reading we have the arrival of King Agrippa in Caesarea and his conversation with Festus who has Paul in custody.
Paul has appealed to Rome and is awaiting transport to that city.
The work of Paul and thus the recorded work of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is coming to an end. Paul is getting ready for Rome where he will be beheaded.
In the gospel Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. Most commentators hold that this threefold asking is to replace the three denials of the Lord by Peter.
The season is coming to an end; the church is tying up the loose ends. There is a very important message in all this; in God’s kingdom there are no loose ends.
In life, things left unsaid or undone haunt us. It is not so with Jesus. He was the only person who could say on his death, “It is finished.”
When we are committed to Jesus there are no loose ends. Our life has purpose and meaning, it is not wandering about meaningless from one thing to another. All of this is reflected in today’s readings.