Sunday, April 22, 2007

'Lord ... you know that I love you'

The Gospel passage for this Sunday tells a story of friendship, reconciliation and
trust.

The Apostles experience the risen Christ around the Lake of Tiberius. They see a solitary figure on the shore -- it is Jesus. He brings success to their fishing and then turns his attention to Peter -- to the one who had three times denied his friendship. Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” and three times tells him to take care of his flock. Peter is forgiven and given responsibility for leading the church. This passage speaks to us of our relationship with Jesus, a relationship that is damaged sometimes by our lack of fidelity. However, Jesus asks us that all important question, “Do you love me?” We too are forgiven, and our friendship with Jesus is restored if we, like Peter, can respond. “Lord you know everything, you know that I love you.”

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