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)