Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

(Jn 21: 15-19)

After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them,
he said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

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Jesus now gives Peter a chance to redeem himself. He called Peter again to a loving relationship that left no doubt where Peter’s heart is. Each question is a progressive call to a deeper love and intimacy with the Lord. Each time Peter answers in the affirmative. The exchange must have been tension-filled especially on the part of Peter. Here, he has to finally make a stand. In that moment he has to seal his fate with the choice he will make. And so Peter, the vacillating, hot headed and sometimes plainly ignorant Peter stood firm and proud at his new found realization that Jesus is the center of his life. There would be no more room for doubts from then on. Love has finally found a home in Peter’s heart and will stay there for the rest of his life.

Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF

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Jesus, when He entrusted the mission of feeding His sheep to Peter, You only asked him one thing: love the Lord. Today, God is giving each of us a mission in our family, community, environment, and God wants us to carry out that ministry with all love God and brothers.

May we have the love of God enough to spread to everybody the image of Jesus -the Good Shepherd – through our little bit of charity efforts in our daily lives. Amen.

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