Friday, May 17, 2013

Gospel Decades - John 21:15-19

BEADS OF JOY 05-17-13
“Gospel Decades-John 21:15-19”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Gospel: (John 21:15-19 / Jesus Reinstates Peter)

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me.”

Pray -1 Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s -Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…

Reflection: My Friends,
Three times?? Interesting isn’t it. So I ask you: Do you love Jesus? It's an honest question. Please feel free to take the time you need to answer to yourself or out-loud, even if you are alone while reading this. …Do you love Jesus? And so I continue, yes I do -let us not evade the question. You might say, “Well, I respect him… I admire him a lot, He was an incredible man I learned about historically.” Wait a minute, Jesus didn't ask Peter if he respected him or admired him. Jesus asked Peter if he loved him. …Hey I didn’t forget …Do you love Jesus? Well do ya??? Why would anyone ask this same question over and over again?
I think it’s a little bit obvious. If you were to ask the person you were seriously spending time with if they loved you, wouldn’t you want a straight forward solid honest answer? And if you were to ask this three times to that person, wouldn’t you want their answer to be clearly said and absolutely understood? By the time Peter answered the third time, he said, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Clarity indeed. How much do you really love Jesus? It is God’s healing love that transforms our lives and frees us from so much. But honestly how compelled are you to give all you have, all you possess to Jesus. I’m serious, how compelled are you? We’re talking about your treasures, your gifts, your time, of cause your resources and definitely your allegiance and your very life… Are you willing to sacrifice everything and forego your own selfish goals and put Jesus first? Wow, huge price wouldn’t you say? I never did hear your answer. That’s ok, Jesus needs to hear you, not me.  

Pondering these thoughts today: Is your pride your greatest asset? Hmm, odd question wouldn’t you say? Ok, how about this instead, “Do you allow God to love you, and even transform you into a life that serves and loves Him?” You know it’s our own selfish pride and selfishness that don’t allow God to be the center of our lives. Or are we too busy -focused so heavily upon ourselves, our accomplishments and gloating about how incredible we really are? We all need God’s love, it is His love that will quench our desire for love, acceptance and contentment in this life. But we must first put Him first. Always in everything…

Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

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