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Sharing the Word for June 3, 2017

Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions

June 03, 2017

Daily Reading from the USCCB: John 21:20-25


When we were kids and were asked a question we often answered, “None of your bee’s wax,” which was our childish way of saying, “That’s none of your business.” As adults we sometimes need to politely tell people that their question asks for information that we are not willing to give—for whatever reason.

That’s pretty much what Jesus says to Peter when Peter asks about John. Jesus says, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” In other words, don’t be concerned about John. Just do what I’m asking you to do, namely, follow me.

We can sometimes get worked up about someone else and be overly concerned about what they are doing or how they are being treated. Jesus’ message is: pay attention to what you are called to do and do it well, and don’t be concerned about others whose circumstances and situations you really don’t understand anyway.

In other words, we have plenty to do just keeping track of our own lives.