In Acts 28 today, we see Paul continuing in his ministry, even while in custody. Oh, that we could all have the evangelistic spirit of St. Paul! In the Gospel reading from John 21, Peter sees John coming toward him and Jesus and asks Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus’ reply is interesting.
Jesus tells Peter, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” It’s human nature to be interested in other people’s business. The gossip magazines have always known this, and have made a fortune off of it. Peter wanted to know what Jesus had in store for John. In essence, Jesus said, “None of your business.”
We can be so quick to make comparisons with others. It starts when we’re little kids. We want to make sure someone doesn’t get more than us. And if they do, the whining starts. “It’s not fair!” Does this carry over into our spiritual lives? If someone has been blessed, do we get jealous? Do we feel like God is giving us the short straw? How about if we just follow Jesus with gratitude for all He has given us, and not worry about whether someone else “has more.” After all, you never know what their cross looks like.
Father, help us to follow Jesus in the way that you have set our for us. Help us to be joyful for our gifts, and the gifts of others. Amen.