Posted by: livingscripture | May 18, 2018

Seventh Friday of Easter

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Seventh Friday of Easter  May 18, 2018

 WORD of the DAY 

  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.”  He then said to him a second time, “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 distressed that he had said to him a 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…  He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.  And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”  (John 21: 15-17/19)

 How shall I live this Word?

It is the last meeting of Jesus with his Apostle after the Resurrection. This is the second call of Peter, also characterized by the final follow me. The last word of Jesus to Peter in this second call is only to ask and to give ‘love’. In fact, this is precisely the difference between the first call of a ‘novice’ Peter and the second of a mature Peter. The Apostle has now reached such depths in humble and generous love that Jesus dares to entrust him with the custody of His Church. On the other hand, the Master had predicted it:

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has gotten through you like wheat. But I have prayed for you, so that your faith may not fail.  And when you return, confirm your brothers “(Lk 22: 31-32).

Peter was saved by the prayer of Jesus and His gaze full of love. “Then the Lord turned and looked at Peter” (Lk 22,61). A look full of tenderness and love.

It is therefore the great Love of the Risen Christ who now questions Peter on Love, making secret dynamisms emerge in him, more real than his presumption and his betrayal.  Jesus is still manifested on the sea of ​​Tiberias, as the savior of the humanity of Peter. A humanity that risked being crushed by the triple denial, being frustrated and disheartened for the rest of his life. Jesus, on the other hand, takes it up, awakens it, rebuilds it. With the last words, (follow me), which reconfirms that turn of the first time, Jesus has rebuilt the vocation of Peter in his deepest nature, one in which the soul and the touch of the Creator Spirit merge into one.

Thank you, Lord, for this your Apostle! He is so close to us, Peter! Your Word, once again, helps us to make clarity in ourselves, to purify our faith, to touch our many poverties and fragilities.

“Come, Father, with Your Spirit to transform us inwardly with His gifts; create in us a new heart, so that we may please You and cooperate with Your plan of salvation “.  (From the prayer-collect of the day).

The voice of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher of the Vatican

Thank you, Spirit Creator, because You continually transform our chaos into cosmos; because You visited our minds and filled our hearts with grace.

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