Thursday 4 January 2018

About Today Readings

Saint Elizabeth Seton.

1 John 3:7-10. Psalm 97(98):1, 7-9. John 1:35-42.

All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God—Psalm 97(98):1, 7-9.

‘You shall be called Cephas.’

After a succession of messengers, Peter is finally presented to Jesus and this fisherman is named to lead the Christian community. This gospel has a powerful and wonderful meaning. The same Peter is said to call out, ‘Lord to whom would we go? You are the Saviour of the world!’

Such knowing! He must have been given a receptive heart as well as his fishing boat. And those impulsive leaps in to the sea, trying to get to his friend, Jesus! Finally, the words of love from Jesus, ‘Do you love me more than these?’ Can’t you hear his mystified answer in today’s lingo: ‘Hey man, what are you on about? Of course, I love you!’ And the guiding principle from Jesus – ‘Look after my people.’

A tiny part of each of us can be like Peter, in our searching and in our care of others.

 

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