John 21:15-18

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus 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.”
Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
Jesus said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that Jesus 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.

Jesus asks Peter a very important question in today’s Gospel.  “Do you love me?”  But notice he doesn’t just ask it once, but three times.  Peter also denies Jesus three times… Coincidence? Yes, Peter denied Jesus, but he still loves him.  He was just afraid, as many of Jesus’ followers were when he died.  Tonight during the homily, the priest mentioned that each time Peter said “yes,” he was referencing three of the words for love in the Greek language.  He referenced storge, phileo, and agape.  Each time Peter said yes, his love for Jesus grew to each stage.  Imagine yourself in Peter’s position.  How would you answer this question?  Take a break tonight and think of how you would answer.

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