May 18 – Friday
Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Reading: JN 21:15-19
Do you love Jesus more than these?
DO YOU LOVE ME?
Anyone who has seen the Pope would experience a sense of awe and wonder. Somehow there is a presence about the pope that one will never forget.
In the Gospel today, Jesus is asking the threefold question to Peter, the first pope. The question is, “Do you love me?” Three times Jesus asks, and three times Peter responds. Each time, Jesus charges Peter with a task that he and every pope that follows him will take up: the care and concern of the flock of God. The pope has the awesome responsibility of caring for, tending and feeding the sheep that ultimately belong to Jesus. The threefold questioning is balm to the threefold denial that Peter made towards Jesus at His trial leading to His death.
Do you love Jesus? If we love Jesus, we have the obligation to follow Jesus wherever He may lead us. For Peter, it ended in his death on a cross. The love of Jesus is a demanding one. Yes, we want the easy way out, the one without the cross. But what is the point of following Jesus if it does not involve the cross?
The one who loves Jesus is attractive in the sight of others. Observe the Holy Father. People love him, listen to and respect him because he seeks to be a man after the Savior’s heart.
Let us seek to be lovers of Jesus — the Lover of our souls. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL
Prayer: all together
Lord, I love You. I pray for the grace to follow You. I pray that I might please You all the days of my life. Amen.