A recollection on the passage John 21:15-17 given by Genevieve B to CFC-Youth Pacific region, as a form of recollection for the upcoming Western North Conference in California on the weekend of July 31st 2015. This recollection was a week or two before conference.
“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
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.”
Journey with St Peter
Look at people with kindness when they hurt you. Trust in the love and mercy of God.
‘More than these’ what am I loving more than God? When you accept Christ as your savior, you can’t go back to your past life.
3. Call to action
He was always told by Jesus to do something. Jesus didn’t say ‘Great’ to St Peter when he said, ‘yes Lord I love you’. Jesus asked Peter to do something about it..Feed my sheep, feed my lambs etc. As scriptures say ‘The love of Christ urges us on’.
4. Love more
Every time Peter said that yes Lord, I love you; the distance between them was reduced. (This was after Peter denied Jesus three times, Christ then asked him, ‘Do you love me? Three times’) Every time we say I love you God, we see that we can love more than we think. Loving more means giving up of one’s self.
We reflected on this passage in three ways, as an outsider/apostle, as Peter and as Jesus. I will be sharing some thoughts which were discussed, I don’t remember the exact words people used so I remixed it. Lol
As an outsider: Eavesdropper. I felt like I was listening in on a pretty deep conversation which I had no right to listen to. It made me uncomfortable.
As an apostle: Jealousy. Wow, I can’t believe that after all Peter has done to Christ, his denial and stuff, Jesus is still interested in him and asking Peter ‘Do you love me?’. Why can’t he ask me? I have been better than Peter.
As St Peter: Surprise, Confusion and then hurt. So early this morning, Jesus came to us and he helped us get a hugge amount of fish although we stayed up all night with nothing to show for it. After we ate and were just chilling, Christ just singled me out and asked me The Most Random Question ‘Peter, do you love me more than these?’ I was like, ‘sure bro. I love you’. Then he went on to say ‘Feed my lambs’ so deep! More than what exactly was he asking about? What a guy! Lol
Then he asked me a second time “Peter do you love me’, and I was like of course, bro, I love you. And he said ‘Take care of my sheep’ I am kinda confused about his choice of words though, he has asked me twice if I love him with agape love? He knows that my love for him is phileo, we are bros for life!
The third time he asked if I loved him, he basically broke my heart. After I have told him twice that I love him like my brother, he asked ‘Peter, do you love me like a brother” I mean Come onnnnn!! Jesus knows everything, he sees my heart, Why does he keep asking me if I love him? And what are these lambs, sheep things that he speaks up. Hello this is Peter. Lord, the fisherman. You just helped us catch some fish, you even promised to make me fishers of men. Where are your lambs and sheep, Jesus? I was not aware that you are now into animal rearing.
As Jesus: Love and Mercy. I remember when Peter said that he would lay down his life for me the night before my passion. Of course I knew that he would deny me three times before the rooster crowed, a fact that I let him know. The same Simon who I told “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it”.The very same person who eventually denied me. I saw his hurt and pain of the denial and I decided to help him heal, to let him experience my merciful love to reaffirm his love. I asked if he loved me agape- unconditionally just as I loved him but he replied that his love for me was brotherly. I will meet him where he is at because I am full of love and mercy. I also had this conversation to remind Peter of his responsibilities. Peter is the rock, he has a responsibility to feed my lambs and sheep. Peter will be my Vicar, the Vicar of Christ here on earth.
PS. I was really hesitant to do the meditation as Jesus because I didn’t want to make a mistake and commit blasphemy or something. If you think I wrote something wrong, please let me know! Thanks 🙂
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