St. Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyrs
Acts 28:16-20,30-31 + John 21:20-25
June 3, 2017
“I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.”
This morning’s Gospel passage consists of the final six verses of the Gospel according to John. The Easter Season draws to a close, then, with an almost parenthetical reminder that the Gospel accounts’ record of Jesus’ earthly life is by no means exhaustive. Nor are they meant to be.
Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in composing their accounts of the Gospel, did not aim to give an exhaustive record of Jesus’ saving words and deeds. For that matter, even if all of the words spoken—and deeds carried out—by Jesus during His earthily life were recorded, that account of the Gospel would not be the “final word”.
Does this assertion sound blasphemous? Does it reduce the power and beauty of the Incarnate Word?
In truth, it reveals the full intent—the full vocation and mission—of the Incarnate Word. God’s providential, covenantal, saving Work blossoms through the life of the Mystical Body of Christ: the Church. The life of the Church—from her conception in the Sacred Triduum, to her birth at Pentecost, until her consummation on the Last Day—is the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Jesus on this earth.