Friday, May 18, 2018
Today, in Mercy, Jesus extracts a pledge from Peter with the question, “Do you love me?” This is a brave question on Jesus’ part. What if Peter’s answer is half-hearted? But the full-spirited Peter does not disappoint. “Of course, I love You,” he avows. But then, Jesus ups the ante with some “prove it” clauses: “Feed my lambs and my sheep.”
This passage always reminds me of a wonderful scene from Fiddler on the Roof.
What about us? Do we really love Jesus? Pope Gregory the Great says this:
The proof of love is in the works.
Where love exists, it works great things.
But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.
Music: If You Love Me ~ Cyprian Consiglio, OSB