May 29, 2020 Friday - 7th Week of Easter

“Do you love me?” (Jn 21. 15)

We know what is called as division of labour in an economic system. The tasks are divided according to the ability of persons. This is our human practice. Everyone is able to contribute differently as per one’s capacity.

In the economy of human salvation too, the law of love prevails. God loved the human persons from the beginning of his plan. As St. John says, “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son.” (3.16)  God’s nature is to love the people he has created.

When we look into the gospel reading of today, the question of Jesus is about love. He asked Peter thrice, “Do you love me?” A common view among the biblical scholars is that the procedure of this test stands in relation to Peter’s repeated denials of Jesus. Though there are other views prevalent about such questioning, this seems more appropriate in view of the task that Jesus intends to give him. As one of the close disciples of Jesus, Peter has been with Jesus during his public ministry. Both know each other well. On another occasion, Jesus questioned his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” and it was Peter who answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” And when the people could not digest the teaching of Jesus on Bread of Life, many went away but it was Peter who said, “You have the words of eternal life.” Now the Risen Christ questions Peter about his love for him because the task that the Lord is entrusting him is to love everyone as a Shepherd of the Church. By our enduring love, we prove ourselves his disciples. What would I say to Jesus if he asks me today in the midst of pandemic, “Do you love me?”

 “Nothing seems impossible to the one who loves.” (St. Teresa of Avila)

 

PREVIOUS POSTS:

May 28 - I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. (Jn 17. 20)

May 27 - I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. (Jn 17.15)

May 26 - “Glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you.” (Jn 17.1)

May 25 - “Take courage; I have conquered the world.” (Jn 16. 33)

May 24 - “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt 28. 20)

May 23 - “Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may me complete.” (Jn 16. 24)

May 22 - “You will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.” (Jn 16. 20)

May 21 - “A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” (Jn 16)

May 20 - “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…” (Jn 16. 13)

May 19 - “When the Advocate comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement.” (Jn 16. 8)

May 18 - “You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.” (Jn 15. 27)

May 17 - “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” (Jn 14.16)

May 16 - “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you.” (Jn 15.18)

May 15 - “I call you friends, for I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father.” (Jn 15.15)

May 14 - “The Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.” (Jn 15.16)

May 13 - “Abide in me as I abide in you.” (Jn 15.4)

May 12 - “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” (Jn 14.27)

May 11 - “Those who love me will keep my word” (Jn 14. 23)