Loving Jesus

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June 10, 2011 by bobet888

After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast
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.”

John 21:15-19

June 10, 2011 Bible Reading and Gospel

Today’s passage is the well-known narrative of the incident with Simon Peter — his tender dialogue with the Lord, his being reinstated as the chief shepherd but also as the apostle who will suffer and die. As we seek to apply to ourselves this Gospel passage, we picture Jesus also asking us, “Do you love me?” And we also picture ourselves affirming repeatedly our love for Him (even if with an occasional sulking, just like what Peter had). Finally, we also picture ourselves being commissioned by Jesus to assume roles and tasks, and even leadership, even if it should require self-denial and sacrifice.

In the end, what counts is simply to follow Jesus. It is in our following Him that we prove our love for Him and fulfill the tasks He gives us. Rather than go about doing as we please, with spiritual maturity definitely comes the self-denial essential to obeying God’s holy will.

You know, Lord, that I love You. But may I have the will to show it through my actions, through my life, through my love for others.

PUTTING OURSELVES IN THE SHOES OF PETER
by Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB
source: Kerygma Family Daily Bible Reflection

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