Friday of the 7th Week of Easter

“Life is a series of pulls, back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted even when you know you should never take anything for granted!” (Morris Schwartz).

Jesus allowed Peter to experience a “series of pulls, back and forth.” One of them is his triple denial of Jesus. In spite of this, Jesus prayed for Peter to be strong. Jesus believed in him. Peter, the “Rock” who was ready to lay down his life for Jesus was restored to His strength in a triple profession of love. Indeed this is fitting to write off his presumptuous ways and his denial of Jesus three times. Here we see Peter in the spirit of humility. He does not even claim that he loved Jesus more than the others. His sadness of being asked three times appealed to Jesus’ knowledge of Peter’s heart. In the end Jesus committed to Peter’s care the whole flock. Peter would also follow the Good Shepherd even unto death.

How mindful am I of the series of “pulls” in my life? Which pull am I more inclined to, life-giving or death-dealing? In all humility, do I consult the Spirit of Jesus as I respond to the “pull?” (Sr. Mildred Arcos, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)

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“I love you,” how often do lovers whisper these words to each other, write them in letters or send them as text messages. How often do they ask each other: Do you love me? Do you really love me? Do you still love me?

They want to make sure that the initial love of the beloved has not diminished. One can sense a little insecurity and anxiety behind these questions.

Jesus asked the same question three times. And the one He asked was not a girlfriend but Peter! Was Jesus insecure? Surely not. He asked the crucial question three times to help Peter make up for his three denials and make him realize what counts in a relationship between a disciples and Him: love.

I wish you could read the original Greek text, because something lovely is hidden within. The Greeks have three words for love: Agape, Philia and Eros. In the first two questions Jesus asked Peter for the highest form of love: Agape. But Peter had learned his lesson and admitted that he had only the second kind of love for Jesus: Philia. Then, the third time, Jesus went down to the level of Peter and asked him whether he really had Philia. And Peter said: “Yes Lord.” It would still take years of struggles, failures and new beginnings until he would be able to prove the highest form of love for his Master: “when he gave his life for Christ upside down on a cross.

Jesus challenges us to reach an ideal but He understands when we are not yet able to reach it. Keeping the ideal before us, we struggle with the help of God’s grace to reach it one day. We might not have to prove our love for Him by dying on a cross but we can do so by taking up our daily little crosses and serving Him lovingly in the marginalized brethren who surround us in such great numbers. (Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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It was the risen Christ asking Peter. This was Jesus who suffered a humiliating death in the hands of the Jews and who was abandoned by His friends, foremost of whom was Peter whom he designated as the “Rock.” On the side was Peter. This was he who professed his undying loyalty even if everyone else should abandon Jesus. This was the same Peter who was not able to hold his ground neither at Gethsemane nor at the Temple when people asked him, three times, if he was his companion. It must have been a painful meeting for both of them. It was a meeting where love demanded more from each of them.

The first demand of love is that it crosses over from profession to action. The sincerity of one is, after all, seen in what he/she does. Love may ask for it profession but it will certainly demand for its action. “Feed my sheep!” is what Jesus told Peter after He asked him if he loved Him. Don’t weddings continue in washing dishes, going home after work, spending time with children, listening to the spouse? Love wants more than words. “Feed my sheep!”

The second demand of love is that it crosses over from pain to forgiveness. Pain could suck the breath out of the lungs of love. Unless love could hold on to every strand of good memories and believe that these are truer than the pain. That is why Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him; and not, if Peter did not love Him. “Do you love me more than these?” And Peter, in humility, appealed to Jesus’ belief in his love. “Lord, you know that I love you.” Without this, there would be no forgiveness. Without forgiveness there would be no love. Because love wants more than the pain; it wants forgiveness. “You know that I love you.”

Love wants more.

It wants more than the profession.

It wants more than the pain. (Fr. Vic Rayco, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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“Do you love me?” This question reminds me of that heart-warming kitchen scene in the “Fiddler of the Roof” where the Jewish father of three daughters, Teyve, teases his wife Golde who has been married to him by parental arrangement for over 25 years. “Do you love me?” he asks with a sheepish grin. Golde brushes off the question as corny: “You’re upset, you’re worn out. Go inside, go lie down! Maybe it’s indigestion.” Undaunted, Teyve pursues his coquetry, hunting for some spark of passion: “Do you love me?” To which the good wife answers: “Do I love you? For twenty five years I’ve washed your clothes, cleaned your house, given you children, milked the cow. After twenty five years, why talk about love right now?”

“Do you love me?” The question posed by Jesus three times to Simon Peter gives no ironic hint at Peter’s betrayal. Instead Jesus rehabilitates him by drawing out courage, faith and leadership from him. Jesus chooses the fisherman Peter to shepherd the church. Overwhelmed by this forgiving trust, Peter resolves to recommit his entire life to disciples and pastoral leadership.

“Do you love me?” We may never have posed this question but God does presses us for an answer in our day to day living. Indeed, this is a crucial question that draws us to the heart of God and it compels us to give to Him our full commitments and our very lives. Certainly we can never outmatch God in love. He loves us first and our love for Him and for our neighbor is often a hesitant response to His exceeding graciousness. However, if we allow God’s love to transform and empower us, our daily crosses in the discipleship may yet become a resounding response: “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” (Fr. Oliver Quilab, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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In Spanish translation of today’s Word is more dramatic and intriguing than the English version. In the Spanish version, Peter did not love Jesus but only liked Him. In Spanish amar is to love, while querer is to want or to like. Jesus asked Peter: “Pedro me amass?” (Do you love me Peter?) And Peter said: “Si Senor to sabes que te quiero.” (Yes Lord you know that I like you.) Jesus asked the same question twice. But for the third time, Jesus asked Peter the way Peter could only express, “Pedro me quieres?” (Peter, do you like me?) And Peter responded: “Si Senor te quiero.

It’s amazing! Despite the little love of Peter, Jesus still entrusted to him the care of the lambs (the people of God). But I am sure that God supplied what was lacking in the leadership of Peter. The church is ruled by humans but guided by the divine. It is our yes, with all its human limitations, that moves Him to entrust His mission to us and for us to cooperate with it.

Allow me to share with you how I express to Jesus my own way of saying: “Yes, Lord, I like you.” Presently, I am working in a remote area of Nicaragua. Almost every week I go to our communities and stay there for three days. The farthest community is more or less 25 kilometers from the parish (50 kilometers back and forth). The only way to get there is by horse (more or less 8 hours). Rain or shine, I must go because the faithful will be waiting. I already fell down from the horse many times because of the muddy and slippery road. Before, every time I fell down I used to sigh: “Ahhhhh….Lord, why did my superiors send me here?” but now every time I fall, I have learned to say: “Ahhhh….Lord, I love you. Ang sakit po!”

The questions of Jesus to Peter have helped me reflect whether I truly love Jesus and ready to sacrifice for Him and His people. (Fr. Semei Rebayla, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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The late Bishop Simeon Valerio used to tickle his listeners with his famous lecture on the 3 stages of love. First, he says, during the first years of marriage when love is still so strong and bubbly, the couple would endearingly call each other, “Honey,” or ‘darling,” or “Love.” Then after some years have gone by and the warmth of love slowly subsides, the husband would call to his wife with “Hoy!” Then, finally, after the glow of love has been reduced to smouldering embers, one spouse would call the other by slightly opening the lips, and while keeping the teeth pursed give out a hissing, “Psst!”

After his shameful threefold denial of the Lord, and the disciples’ cowardly abandoning their Master, Peter thought that all love between him and Jesus was forever lost. He joined the others in going back to their former occupation: that of fishing a forlorn occupation the loss of Jesus love’ love.

The Lord, however, he of the unending love, never gave up on his friends. He looked for them, went after them, and served them breakfast (a truly remarkable act after what the disciples had shamefully done). Then, taking Peter – he who  had once professed, “though the others may abandon you, I shall never leave you” – asked him, not once, not twice, but three times: “Peter do you really) love me?” Embarrassed, even shame but challenged, Peter rose to the occasion by making the threefold repetition of his love. Jesus upped the ante by saying, “(If you really love me then prove it). Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.”

To the loving husbands and their doting wives, before your warm love grows cold and you fall into what Bishop Valerio sadly described as the “Hoy” and “Psst” stages, do something about your love. When was the last time that you sincerely said to your spouse, “I love you”? And when did you prove your love by washing the dishes, throwing away the garbage or changing your baby’s pampers? Or taking her out to dinner? If you say you have it, prove it! (Fr. Flor Lagura, SVD Bible Diary 2013).

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May 13, 2016 Friday

Today’s gospel reading reminds me of our ordination (13 ordinati)) to the priesthood (Magnicat ’77).The day before our presbyteral ordination (July 2, 1977), we had our recollection with Fr. Manfred Mueller, SVD. Fr. Manfred used this gospel passage as material for our reflection. He emphasized the threefold question of Jesus to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”  Of course many would easily say that this threefold question of Jesus to Peter corresponds to the three times Peter denied association with Jesus.

Yes, definitely Jesus wants our love for him more than anything else. To the extent that we love Jesus, he is willing to entrust to us his mission. Thus, it is a wrong question to ask oneself: “Am I worthy of his call?” St. Paul the Apostle would say, “All is gift!” And for me, God’s call, Jesus’ call is a gift. Jesus’ call is a pure gift to those who love him and are willing to be his ambassadors to the whole world. For our part, we strive to love Jesus with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole strength and our whole mind so that we can continue ‘to feed his sheep’. (Fr. Antonio O. Pegon, SVD Tagaytay City Bible Diary 2016)

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Love Demands a Loving Response

May 22, 2015 (readings)

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Father Walter Schu, LC

John 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?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to 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.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in you and all that you have revealed for our salvation. I hope in you because of your overflowing mercy. Every single act of yours on this earth demonstrated your love for us. Your ascent into heaven before the eyes of the Apostles inspires my hope of one day joining you there. I love you and wish you to be the center of my life.

Petition: Lord, help me to respond with love to your self-giving love.

  1. “Do You Love Me?”The moment for which Christ has been preparing ever since his Resurrection has arrived. He is alone with Peter. Their last encounter before Jesus’ death was that sad occasion when Christ looked at Peter, forgiving him after his threefold denial. Now Christ takes Peter a little apart from the others and gives him the opportunity to affirm a threefold pledge of his love. The one, supreme condition for Christ to renew Peter’s commission to tend his sheep is Peter’s love for his Master. Love is the one, supreme condition for each of us who aspires to be an apostle. Peter’s love has been purified by his betrayal of Christ during the Passion: It has been chastened and humbled. Now Peter entrusts everything — even his love — into Christ’s hands: “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Do my failures enable me to love Christ more, with greater trust?
  2. “Can Love Be Commanded?”Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI posed a provocative question in his first encyclical,Deus Caritas Est(God is Love). How can Christ demand love from us in order for us to be his followers, his apostles? In other words, “Love cannot be commanded; it is ultimately a feeling that is either there or not, nor can it be produced by the will” (no. 16). The response to this apparent quandary is twofold. In the first place, love can be commanded because it has first been given. “God does not demand of us a feeling which we ourselves are incapable of producing. He loves us, he makes us see and experience his love, and since he has ‘loved us first,’ love can also blossom as a response within us” (no. 17). In the second place, “it is clearly revealed that love is not merely a sentiment. Sentiments come and go. A sentiment can be a marvelous first spark, but it is not the fullness of love” (no. 17).
  3. “Love in Its Most Radical Form”What, then, is the essence of love, that love which Christ first gave to us and which he in turn demands of us as his followers? “It is characteristic of a mature love that it calls into play all man’s potentialities; it engages the whole man, so to speak. Contact with the visible manifestations of God’s love can awaken within us a feeling of joy born of the experience of being loved. But this encounter also engages our will and our intellect. Acknowledgment of the living God is one path towards love, and the ‘yes’ of our will to his will unites our intellect, will and sentiments in the all-embracing act of love” (Deus Caritas Est, no. 17). As Pope John Paul the Great has phrased it so many times, true love is the gift of one’s entire self.

Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Lord, for helping me to see, through Pope Saint John Paul the Great and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI, the meaning of authentic love. Thank you for your limitless love for me. Your love is the standard to which my own poor love must rise.

Resolution: I will give myself to Christ today in acts of love that embrace my whole person: intellect, will and sentiments.

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for May 22, 2015

READY OR NOT?

“Do you love Me?” –John 21:15, 16, 17

As we near Pentecost, the questions loom: “Am I ready to receive the Holy Spirit in fullness? Am I ready to renew my Baptism and Confirmation? Am I ready to receive and to help others receive new Pentecosts?”

If we see signs of the miracle of unselfishness in our lives, we are probably ready for the Holy Spirit of Pentecost. If we are more concerned about feeding the sheep than feeding ourselves (see Jn 21:17), we are probably on the threshold of a new Pentecost. If we are willing to go not where we want but where others lead us (see Jn 21:18), we may be unselfish enough to receive the Holy Spirit on His terms.

The Holy Spirit wants to come to us – but not to take orders from us or to do our wills. Why should the all-holy, all-knowing, and all-loving Third Person of the Trinity take orders from His finite, fallen, and sinful creatures? However, if we die to ourselves, we can live in the Spirit (see Catechism, 736).

By the grace of God, become increasingly concerned about other people’s problems, needs, and Pentecosts. Then you are ready to receive the Holy Spirit in fullness.

PRAYER: Father, may I live no longer for myself but for You (see 2 Cor 5:15).

PROMISE: “(What He said indicated the sort of death by which Peter was to glorify God.) When Jesus had finished speaking He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ ” –Jn 21:19

PRAISE: St. Rita’s constant prayer for her abusive husband bore fruit as he repented of his sins on his deathbed.

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FRIDAY OF THE 7TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR B) – JUAN 21:15-19. UNSAON MAN NATO PAGPAKITA ANG ATONG GUGMA SA GINOO? Kada adlaw atong mapabati sa Dios ang atong gugma pinaagi sa pagdayeg ug pagpasalamat Kaniya diha sa atong mga pag-ampo ug pagsimba. Mahimo usab nato kini pinaagi sa atong pagtuman sa Iyang mga kasugoan. Sa ebanghelyo karon gipangutana ni Hesus si Pedro kon kini nahigugma ba kaniya. Ang tubag ni Pedro, “Oo, Ginoo, gihigugma ko ikaw.” Ug miingon si Hesus, “Atimana ang akong mga karnero.” Atong masabtan dinhi nga ang gugma sa Ginoo mapakita usab nato diha sa atong pag-amping sa Iyang katawhan. Mahimo nato kini pinaagi sa atong matinud-anong pagpangalagad sa isigkatawo, ilabina sa mga nanginahanglan og tabang. Si Francis Chan nag-ingon: “Nothing you do in this life ever matter, unless it is about loving God and the people He has made.”Posted by Abet Uy

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A SERVANT’S HEART – “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” – John 21:17

Many know him today as Makati Feast builder Randy Borromeo. I’ve known Randy a long time, way back when we were in college. Back then, I already knew Randy had a servant’s heart. He was a guy in love with Jesus, always available to serve in whatever ministry he was called to.

But there was an extended period when Randy was not asked to serve. This pained him to no end. But he remained faithful and had a strong resolve that one day he would serve again.

His steadfastness was rewarded as opportunities to serve slowly came. And the Lord blessed him some more, not only in ministry but in his personal and professional life. Today, he has a beautiful family; his business pursuits are flourishing; and the Makati Feast continues to grow in number.

Want to serve the Lord? There is no need to convince Him we love Him. He knows it when our hearts are centered on Him. And when it is, expect to be used mightily for His purposes and receive the blessings that come with them.

Just ask Randy at the next Makati Feast!Erwin Roceles (erwin_roceles@yahoo.com)

Reflection: “You can see God from anywhere if your heart is set to love and obey Him.” “A.W. Tozer

Dear Lord, create in me a clean heart. Put a new and right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Amen.

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MEGA-SUPER-EXTRASPECIAL – He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Do you love me?” – John 21:16

One of my secrets in life is that I reward myself after a job well done. Once, I fasted throughout a mission in Iloilo. After the talk, I was hungry as a dog. I and my stomach were set on one thing: La Paz Batchoy.

I went to an eatery, ordered La Paz Batchoy and gobbled it up. Man, it was delicious! The waiter stared at me and said, “Sir, you only ordered the regular La Paz Batchoy.” My jaw dropped as he continued his litany: “More delicious than regular La Paz Batchoy is Special La Paz Batchoy! Then Extra Special La Paz Batchoy. Then Super Extra Special La Paz Batchoy. Then the most delicious is the Mega Super Extra Special La Paz Batchoy.”

We are the same. We’re happy and contented being “regular.” Yet the truth is, we’re not. We are all Mega-Super- Extra-Special Children of God. Just like Peter, who was about to live a lifetime of blame for denying Christ. God reinstated him and made him the first pope of the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church!

When we discover our true value, God unleashes His power through us, to bless the world. Obet Cabrillas (kpreacherobet@gmail.com)

Reflection: Do we pull ourselves down or do we look at ourselves with God’s perspective?

Help us to realize, O God, that we are not just physical beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience.

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Get Out of the Dark – Years ago, I saw a movie entitled I Am Legend. A medicine which was thought to be a miraculous cure to many sicknesses turned out killing most of the population and leaving many like zombies. These half-dead people were called Dark Seekers — they hate the light, they thrive in the dark. When we remain in the darkness of sin, we’re as good as dead.

In the Gospel, Jesus appeared to the Apostles by the Sea of Tiberias. The Risen Lord invited the Apostles by the seashore and they shared breakfast. The highlight of this encounter is Jesus asking Peter three times, “Do you love me?” (v. 15 ff). Biblical scholars note that Jesus’ triple inquiry about Peter’s love has a correlation to the latter’s triple denial of Jesus. Jesus asked him in public not to humiliate him but to heal him, that his sins may be brought out into the light.

All of us have a past we are not proud of. We want to project a good image even as we have skeletons in the closet. This is why the Gospel scene is such a consolation. Jesus meets us where we are. There is no need to put on masks and hide from Him.

Remember the Samaritan woman in John 4? After asking the woman for a drink, Jesus inquired about her husband. Then we learned that this woman has had five men and the present one she lives with is not her real husband. Jesus did this not to embarrass the woman but to heal her.

Anyone suffering from a physical malady or a chronic emotional baggage knows that the first stage to healing is to bring to the light what is hidden in the dark. The doctor cannot cure what he does not know.

In my own journey, I have appreciated the presence of people before whom I can be “naked” and vulnerable — my spiritual director, my confessor, my accountability partner. Before them, I need not put on an air of invincibility. Before them, I can be vulnerable. Before them, my maladies can be brought to light. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: In the healing of the man born blind, Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). He is the Divine Physician. Meet Him in prayer, adoration and the sacrament of reconciliation.

Lord Jesus, help me to expose before You parts of me that need healing. Amen.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Reflection for May 13, Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter; John 21:15-19

Reflection: Are you afraid to grow old?

The reality of life is this: we will eventually grow old; this is a course of nature that no one of us can stop. Whether we like it or not we will all be growing old and we will be at the mercy of those who will be with us by that time.

Can we assure ourselves that we will be properly treated when we become old and powerless? None of us can assure that there will be proper treatment for us by that time but Jesus gives us some hint on how to assure proper and equitable treatment for us when we become old and gray.

He tells us in the gospel to feed and take care of His people, in other words feed and take care of anyone who is hungry. Don’t be selective; help everyone who is in need. But let us not help with the motive in mind that we will do it because we will be in need of help also in the distant future when we are old.

Help because this is the right thing to do, help because this is what Jesus wants from us immaterial if we will be helped or not in the future. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Friday of the 7th Week of Easter

1 Acts 25:13B-21; Jn 21:15-19

Christian Leadership

(Role down to see the homily on the Feast of Our lady of Fatima)

Through today’s Gospel Jesus makes it unambiguously apparent that the only quality expected of leadership in his Church is love. The love that Jesus demands from Christian leadership is neither narcissistic nor philanthropy, which are often the driving force behind the worldly power struggle. The stimulus behind Christian leadership should be love of Jesus Christ. Three times Jesus confronted Peter and made him profess his love for Jesus. Recently Pope Francis during his daily homily at Casa Santa Martha said as follows: “In the Church there are climbers, people driven by ambition! There are many of them! But if you like climbing, go to the mountains and climb them: it is healthier! Do not come to Church to climb! And Jesus scolds people with this kind of ambitious attitude in the Church.” A few days before this addressing a group of seminarians he mentioned the existence of “so many, so many ‘Half Priests’’’ in the Church. This is what he told them, “We have so many, so many half way priests. It is a sorrow that they do not succeed in reaching the fullness. They have something about them of employees, a bureaucratic dimension and this does no good to the Church. I advise you, be careful that you do not fall into this! You are becoming pastors in the image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to be like Him and in His person in the midst of his flock, to feed his sheep.”

According to Pope Francis, “Pastoral care is nothing other than the exercise of the Church’s motherhood. She gives birth, suckles, gives growth, corrects, nourishes and leads by the hand … So we need a Church capable of rediscovering the maternal womb of mercy. Without mercy we have little chance nowadays of becoming part of a world of “wounded” persons in need of understanding, forgiveness, and love.” Fortunately now we have a leader who understands the mind of Jesus and leads by example. Every time Peter confessed his love for Jesus, he was mandated to feed, to tend and to take care of sheep. Every person who plays any sort of leadership role has grave responsibility to evaluate what prompts his/her action. St Paul was fully aware of this unique demand of Jesus. He says, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died” (2Cor 5:14). Ultimately Christian leadership is nothing but answering the call of Jesus: “Follow me.” This invitation is not directed to Peter alone. It is a universal call. Dr. Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

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May 13, 2016

REFLECTION:

In today’s gospel reading we hear that three times Jesus asks Peter, “do you love me?”, and upon Peter’s strong positive answer, what does Jesus say? “I love you, Peter?” or “I forgive you your betrayal of last week, Peter?” No, Jesus turns Peter’s attention away from both of them and towards Peter’s brothers: “Take care of my flock, Peter.”

At this point we can reflect on ourselves and on our relationship with Jesus. Like Peter, we are Jesus’ ardent followers. But, also like Peter, we have betrayed Jesus many times by not living out faithfully all his teachings. So much so that we are ashamed of ourselves. But Jesus, as in the case of Peter, gives us an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to him. He asks us, “Jim, Faye, Brian, Diane—do you love me?” Then after reassuring him that we do love him, although badly, what does he tell us? “Take care of my flock.” In other words, the best way to express our love for Jesus is to continue doing what we are doing: raising our kids, earning a decent living, earning a degree, serving our neighbor in need. Let us do this with our whole heart and Jesus will never leave our side.

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