The Good News for the day, May 18, 2018 Saturday in the Seventh Week of Easter (302) After Simon Peter’s declaration of love, he turned and noticed behind them the disciple Jesus loved (the same one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, "Sir, which one is going to betray you?"). When Peter saw that follower, he asked Jesus, "Sir, what about him?" Jesus said to him, "So wat if I want him to stay on until I come? What concern is it of yours? Your task is to follow me." So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple was not going to die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just "So what if I want him to stay on until I come? What concern is it of yours?" It is this very disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described one by one, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written. (John 21) Scholars discuss the identify of this “beloved disciple”—and often it is thought to be John, a specific individual who wrote “The Gospel According to John,” stood at the cross, and cared for Mary at Ephesus in their later years. But I suggest that the beloved disciple is not an individual like that, but instead is you and me, and the millions of devoted men and women who have loved Jesus as a Person quietly, who have lived lives in readiness to see him in their neighbor—in poor and homeless individuals, in the greedy and confused rich and egotistical individuals, in strangers and foreigners, in people disabled and hungry. Such a disciple waits for Jesus to appear in the angry ranter, the ignorant lawmaker, the anxious adolescent, the despairing cancer patient, the cold relative, the alcoholic homeless woman, the child fending for himself in the big city. This is not preaching. This is the point of this Gospel Good News. Jesus wants you and me to identify with that “beloved disciple,” to whom He comes in His woundedness, wearing stigmata of shame and suffering—the person entrusted with all the Family of God—the “Church” (Mary)—the person who feels personally—intimately—close to the Jesus-Child of God, the person who is not a prominent and significant leader, like Simon Peter, but just a run-of-the-mill follower of Jesus…. you and me—a humble, anonymous Christian.