Faith Daily | 3 June 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 519
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.
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: Carol Streatfield
Poor Peter. What shame he must have felt when he initially denied that he knew Jesus. He must have thought, if he could only stay near to him he might be able to help, so he said he didn’t know him. But then things got really scary, and it must have felt better to get out of there so that he could have a better chance of helping him later, so he denied him twice more. Aren’t we all really good at rationalisations when we need to be?!
And, now Jesus keeps asking him if he loves him. “Just leave it. I’ve already said I love you. What do you want from me?” Well, I guess, Jesus really does want our love, our deepest, heartfelt love, towards him, and further, to those around us. “By this shall others know that you are my disciples”. He wants us all, like Peter, to ‘follow him’. Follow him how? Follow him where to? It can all be so difficult to know, but we have to be brave enough to try, or he will certainly be justified in asking us “Do you love me?”
FINAL PRAYER Michael Leunig - A Common Prayer
‘Love one another and you will be happy’.
It’s as simple and difficult as that.
There is no other way.