Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. We come to the end of a very long Lent/Easter Season with Evening Prayer on Pentecost Sunday. With the readings for Saturday morning mass, we come to the end of the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel according to John. When we read these, we have an urge to say, “This ends too soon!” They are both abrupt endings. Paul is in Rome under house arrest. He hasn’t been martyred, yet. Why end the story there? Luke’s audience would have known what happened to him and Peter. Was Luke planning a third volume of the story? The Church continued on and grew. John’s gospel ends abruptly, too, but as the evangelist puts it, “I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would have to be written” in order to record all that “Jesus said and did.”
Maybe, you and I are the sequels to these books? Our lives are meant to be the “final chapters.” It is up to us to conclude the story by how we live our lives.