14 - Jesus and the beloved disciple

O sing to the Lord a new song

All        for he has done marvellous things.  Alleluia.


Bible reading – John 21:20-23

Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?’ 21When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about him?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!’ 23So the rumour spread in the community* that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?’*



 ‘What about him?’ is a question that is constantly asked.  We compare.  We demand parity and we expect equal treatment.  Precisely why Peter asks about the beloved disciple is not clear, but he is told to concentrate on his own discipleship.  That is sufficient.  Some may be called to particular ministries and those ministries take them to different places.  Some are called to leadership and some are not.  Some are called to the glare of public gaze and some work behind the scenes.  Four times as many people work behind the scenes in the theatre than on the stage.  All have an important role to play.  Our obsession with celebrity means that we have to learn this afresh.   The standard by which we are measured is how we fulfil the call we are given.


Risen Lord,

you call us to diverse ministries in your kingdom.

Give us the grace we need to fulfil the same.  Amen.



            Sing to the Lord, bless his name

All        tell of his salvation from day to day.  Alleluia.