Peter looked back and saw that the disciple Jesus loved was following as well, the one who had reclined close to Jesus at the supper and had asked him, “Lord, who is to betray you?” On seeing him Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain until I come, does that concern you? Follow me.”
Because of this the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, “He will not die,” but “suppose I want him to
remain until I come.”
It is this disciple who testifies about the things he has recorded here and we know that his testimony is true. But Jesus did many other things; if all were written down, the world itself would not hold the books recording them.
Human beings have many qualities in common. However, our need and desire to be loved is paramount. Without love, we are bereft and lost. We often see this in children whose parents are abusive or neglectful. Without love and care, we truly are alone and often frightened.
Our humanity is a great gift, yet at times it also is a challenge. Our need to be special and to be loved is at the core of who we are as human beings. All of us need to know and believe that we are loved and lovable. Human love is essential for all human beings. Let us always remind ourselves and believe that we are the beloved of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit! However, despite this fact, at times in our lives, we all have the experience of Peter. Ask yourself, were you ever jealous of someone who seemed to be loved and accepted by everyone? Have you ever desired to have the gifts and talents of one of your siblings or a friend? We will most likely answer in the affirmative. These feelings are natural and normal. However, we need to learn how to manage these emotions, or else they will begin to manage us. /Vulnerasti, 2023