Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 29, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Pope Saint Paul VI, (1897-+1978) – Patron Saint of Milan

Acts of the Apostles 25:13b-21

Psalm 103

John 21:15-19

 

Many theologians suppose that when Jesus asks His question of Peter, “Do you love me” three times it is to balance out the three times that Peter denied Him.  What I find interesting is that our Lord did it in front of the other apostles.  It must have caused Peter pain and sorrow since he had indeed denied Christ three times.  Basically, he was embarrassed!  So now, full of remorse and humility, he stated that he loved his master totally and was willing to serve Him whatever it might cost.  Even unto his own death.

When Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me more than these?” he may have pointed to the boats and nets that Peter used when he was a fisherman.  Here Jesus may have challenged Peter to abandon his life’s work, the only work he ever knew, and begin the task of shepherding God’s people.  Peter simply responds, “You know I love you!”

The Lord Jesus calls each one of us, even in our weakness, sin and failings to love Him above all else.  My own interpretation is that if we really love Christ, and not just in words, we need to care for the members of His flock and in all their varieties; the ewes, the lambs and even the rams.   

Sisters and brothers, we must take care of those who are poor or rich, those that are weak or strong, those who serve God and especially those who have fallen away from the faith.  We can pray for all those affected by COVID-19 and for all those who are on the front lines keeping all of us safe and fed during the pandemic.

I believe that nothing but “sinful pride” can keep us from the love of God.  We can never outmatch God in giving love.  He loved us first and our love for Him is a response to His grace and mercy toward us.

Question of the Day:  If the Lord Jesus asked you, “Do you love me,” how would you respond”

Prayer:   “Christ loved us and washed us clean of our sins by His Blood, and made us into a kingdom, priests for His God and Father, alleluia.”  (Entrance Antiphon for May 29, 2020.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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