From the Word of the Day
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. (John 21: 17)
This passage is located in a very important part of John’s Gospel because in this encounter of Jesus with His own, the Lord’s dialogue with Peter is the premise for the foundation of the Church. Fundamentally, the honest and ardent humanity of Peter, even with his fragility and ability to sin, is the cornerstone on which Jesus founds His Church. It is the Church to which we belong, giving us life and grace; this Church that is made up of saints and sinners; or rather, of sinners called to become saints and who have become saints in great numbers.
An interesting fact is that before conferring the primacy on Peter, Jesus asks him the same question three times. They do not refer to his cultural preparation or his effort to be efficient or anything else. They regard LOVE. Clearly, it is important to Jesus that His Church not be important from an institutional point of view, but that His children show a serious commitment to love God and each other; that, so to say, it knows and loves the Lord Jesus concretely, recognized in every person.
Lord, to Your triple question, Peter responds: “Lord, You know all things, You know that I love You”. This is what I dare to tell You as well, while I ask You to increase Faith in me so that the Holy Spirit may enliven Love in my life.
The Voice of St. Mary Mazzarello, Co-foundress of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
In order to be cheerful, we must go ahead with simplicity, not seeking satisfactions in creatures or in worldly things. (Letter 24)