Reflection on John 21:15-19 ~
To love as St. Peter is a challenge, especially knowing in scriptural hindsight that Peter suffers in the end. All this energy Peter put into loving God, serving others with mind, body, and soul then to suffer; how could this have been worth it? The truth of Christianity is that we are to witness Glory, to do and be like Peter and share the Cross despite the significant challenges. Accepting a sacrificial belt calls us beyond where we may go on our own if we agree to Jesus’s “Follow Me”
John 21 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus and Peter
15 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.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the 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. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 21:15-19.