The End

Greetings on this the Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Readings: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; PS 11:4, 5 and 7; Jn 21:20-25
Note: I will be vacationing soon. During that time will post photos.

First Reading
When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,
with the soldier who was guarding him.

I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.

He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

This fulfills the promise of Jesus in the beginning of the telling of the Acts of the Apostles:
But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

This is the end of the Acts of the Apostles.

Tradition holds Paul was beheaded at around the time of the Nero persecutions as a result of the Great Fire of 64 CE.

Responsorial Psalm
The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.

Alleluia Verse
I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
he will guide you to all truth.

Gospel Portion
And the end of the Gospel of John.

It is this 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 individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.

What’s Next
John is saying, I have written enough nor could I even write it all.

I don’t know.
You tell me.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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