May 22, 2015 Acts 25:13b-21; John 21:15-19
Both of today’s readings revolve around love for Jesus. We can look at love as a feeling … but it is so much more than that. Love is a powerful force that often spurs people to do things that are beyond expectation or comprehension.
St. Paul … once persecuted followers of Jesus … but once he got turned around and understood who Jesus really was … he loved so much that his courage led him into dangerous situations to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. His love of the Lord made him unstoppable.
In today’s Gospel we hear the “do you love me” questions directed at St. Peter. Imagine how he must have felt hearing them three times … especially after having denied Jesus three times! In the end … Peter found his way and zealously fulfilled his role as shepherd of the church. Peter had the love and courage to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Both Peter and Paul were able to fulfill their role and mission because of their love and how that love changed their lives. They each underwent a conversion … they each were committed … they each loved Jesus dearly … and each was open to the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
When we look at ourselves … May we consider what kind of transformation we need in our own lives … what is it that will turn us around and intensify our love for the Lord and give us the courage to follow Him?