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Faith Daily | 21 May 2021


PRAYER of the DAY - EASTER SEVEN APBA p519


O God,

you withdraw from our sight

that you may be known by our love:

help us to enter the cloud where you are hidden,

and to surrender all our certainty

to the darkness of faith

in Jesus Christ.

Amen.



GOSPEL for the Day: John 21: 15-19


15When 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.” 16A 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.” 17He 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. 18Very 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.” 19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”



GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Penny Graham


To acknowledge his love of Jesus, Simon Peter was asked three times by Jesus, "Do you love me more than these other disciples ?" Simon Peter replied by saying, " Yes, Lord, you know that I love you "


This account explains how Simon Peter was restored. Jesus wanted him to be a shepherd for God's flock. Jesus not only pressed him to confess his love for him three times, but in a practical way-GOD'S WAY.


Jesus was not just giving Simon Peter a mission, he was expressing his deepest concern for his own flock, that live in this world of endless suffering under the power of SIN & SATAN. Jesus loves his flock MORE than his own life. He also wanted Simon Peter to demonstrate his love for Jesus by feeding his sheep. Basically, he wanted Simon Peter to be a shepherd. A true shepherd loves and serves God's suffering flock with the word of God. We must love Jesus's sheep and take more care of them, no matter how difficult they may be. This is TRUE LOVE. This is how we can love God, in a more practical way.


Jesus' heart and love is found in the expression," FEED MY SHEEP ". If we love Jesus more than anything else, we care about what Jesus cares about. By feeding his sheep, we demonstrate such love for him. Only the people who truly love Jesus, more than anything else, can feed his sheep.


However, at the end, we will all participate in the GLORY of JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD.


I hope that this reflection is good for us all.



FINAL PRAYER: APBA p511


Gracious God,

you sent Jesus, the good shepherd,

to gather us together:

may we not wander from his flock,

but follow wherever he leads us,

listening for his voice and staying near him,

until we are safely in your fold,

to live with for ever;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen





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