Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052215.cfm
After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them, he said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered 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. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 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.”
Peter denied Jesus three times. Now Jesus gives Peter three times to reaffirm his love and devotion to Him. Jesus forgave him and gave Peter the task of watching over His Church. The Lord has great plans for those who come to Him in love for forgiveness and healing. Come to Him in humility, asking for forgiveness. He has great plans for you!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your capacity to forgive. My life has not been the same since I came home to you. The things I do in your name are beyond anything I would have believe possible. Help me to always follow you on the path you have set out. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven, Alleluia!