Friday 22nd May – Friday of the 7th week of Eastertide
Reflection: John 21: 15-19
DO YOU LOVE ME?
It is exciting to see newlyweds who are deeply in love with each other. They seek every opportunity to be with each other and nothing else seems to matter to them. Human love is indeed very beautiful. Yet, the love that exists between humans is just a glimpse into the union that God desires to have with us. Though love is often expressed in emotions, it is much more than emotions. It is a function of the will.
Love is a choice. It is a decision we make that finds its expression in making sacrifice for the one we love just as Christ sacrificed Himself for us (1 Jn 3:16). In today’s reading, Peter’s response to Jesus’ question “Do you love me?” was followed by an instruction “Feed my sheep”. Jesus asks you and me the same question today: “Do you love me?” Dear friend, your words are inadequate in responding to Jesus’ question. A sincere response consists of following Jesus in truth just as He asked Peter to do in today’s reading. It consists of holy living, prompt obedience to Him and extending hands of love to the poor and needy amongst us (1 Jn 4:12, 5:3).
In the midst of the numerous distractions and temptations that beset us as young people, Jesus asks for your love and commitment to Him today. Peter responded in the affirmative and that cost him his life ultimately. Your positive response may not lead you to martyrdom, yet it will cost you trials and persecution. It will require that you die to yourself daily and live for Christ. Are you willing to respond? As you say “Yes” to Jesus today, He will strengthen you with the grace to truly love Him with all your heart even when it is difficult.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank you for loving me so much. Please increase my love for You and let my life truly please You always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 352 – What is the meaning of the commandment, “I am the Lord, your God” (Ex 20:2)?
Because the Almighty has revealed himself to us as our God and Lord, we must not place anything above him or consider anything more important or give any other thing or person priority over him. To know God and to serve and worship him has absolute priority in our life.
HIDE A TREASURE: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” John 14:15 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Acts 25: 13-21; Psalm 103: 1-2, 11-12, 19-20; John 21: 15-19