Friday 2 June 2017

About Today Readings

Day of penance. Ss Marcellinus and Peter.
Acts 25:13-21. Psalms 102(103):1-2, 11-12, 19-20. John 21:15-19.

The Lord has set his throne in heaven—Psalms 102(103):1-2, 11-12, 19-20.

‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’

When the risen Lord meets his apostles on the beach, Peter, who is to be both fisherman and shepherd, is taught two lessons. He is to catch people, but will labour in vain unless the Lord is with him (John 21:3).

He is to be also the shepherd who feeds the sheep. The necessary qualifications are not some great charism of leadership or organising ability, just a deep love of the Lord.

Jesus asks Peter, solemnly, three times, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ The triple question, which grieved Peter, gave him the opportunity to make reparation for the boastful claim that he was more trustworthy than the others. Peter was to be an apostle, fisherman, shepherd and a forgiven sinner.

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