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May 21, 2021

Jn 21: 15-19

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus 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.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” 

Peter felt hurt because he said to him the 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. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jesus offers to be our guide

There is a heaviness in this Gospel reading.  With Jesus’ repeated questions, perhaps Peter is reminded of his recent denials.  Or maybe Jesus is emphasizing the great amount of love that will be required for the difficult realities and opposition that Peter will face in tending and feeding Jesus’ growing and diverse flock.  Peter’s successor, Pope Francis, could say something about that.

Then, the reminder of old age and death.  Whether a violent martyrdom like Peter’s or the other causes that will befall the rest of us, our suffering and passion will come.

But at the end, a beacon of light: “Follow me.”  Who says that in our lives?  A trusted friend or a guide when we are lost or starting a difficult journey.  Someone who knows the way, has been there before, and will stay with us.  How reassuring that Jesus offers to be our guide.

—Allain Andry is the Charlotte regional coordinator for Contemplative Leaders in Action, an Ignatian spirituality and leadership program for young adults that is a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality.  He is also a spiritual director at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Direct, we pray you Lord,
all our actions by your holy inspiration
and carry them on with your gracious help
that every word and work of ours
may always begin from you
and by you be happily ended.
Amen.

Traditional prayer, adapted by Jim Devereux, SJ


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May 21, 2021

Jn 21: 15-19

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus 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.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” 

Peter felt hurt because he said to him the 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. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jesus offers to be our guide

There is a heaviness in this Gospel reading.  With Jesus’ repeated questions, perhaps Peter is reminded of his recent denials.  Or maybe Jesus is emphasizing the great amount of love that will be required for the difficult realities and opposition that Peter will face in tending and feeding Jesus’ growing and diverse flock.  Peter’s successor, Pope Francis, could say something about that.

Then, the reminder of old age and death.  Whether a violent martyrdom like Peter’s or the other causes that will befall the rest of us, our suffering and passion will come.

But at the end, a beacon of light: “Follow me.”  Who says that in our lives?  A trusted friend or a guide when we are lost or starting a difficult journey.  Someone who knows the way, has been there before, and will stay with us.  How reassuring that Jesus offers to be our guide.

—Allain Andry is the Charlotte regional coordinator for Contemplative Leaders in Action, an Ignatian spirituality and leadership program for young adults that is a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality.  He is also a spiritual director at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Direct, we pray you Lord,
all our actions by your holy inspiration
and carry them on with your gracious help
that every word and work of ours
may always begin from you
and by you be happily ended.
Amen.

Traditional prayer, adapted by Jim Devereux, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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