everything Jesus said and did
Gospel of John 21:20-25 Reflection:
The great feast of Easter is drawing to a close and the reading the church gives for today is the ending of John's gospel.
John is the great theologian of the New Testament. His lifelong reflections on who Jesus was led him to the conclusion that Jesus was God and man.
John was a young boy when he first was called by Jesus and it was to him that Jesus left the care of his mother. There is something special in John's writing; he shows a closeness to Jesus that reflects a strong personal as well as spiritual love.
In today's reading John dispels a myth that has grown up about himself. Some people are saying that Jesus promised that John would not die until he returned. John says that this story is untrue.
Then John goes on to give us some idea of the effect of Jesus on his life. He says that if everything that Jesus had said and done was written down that not even the whole world would hold it.
I think John is here trying to convey to us something of the immensity of the personality and wonder of Jesus.
Hopefully tomorrow, at the feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit shall touch us in such a way as to let us know in our own lives something of the glory of Jesus.