Three Times Peter was asked

Posted in Uncategorized by frtonys on May 29, 2020

 In today’s First Reading we hear how events are coming together which will lead to St. Paul being taken to Rome.  God has ways of getting people where He wants them to be and doing what He wants them to do The discourse in Jerusalem, causes Paul to invoke his Roman citizenship, at which provides the means for Paul’s being sent to Rome, the place where God will use him for the continued spread of the Gospel

Today’s Gospel speaks about another man who will eventually end up in Rome – St. Peter. Jesus asks him a triple question: As if to give him a triple chance to atone for his triple denial, Jesus asks Peter, three times, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” 

Jesus asks Peter if he loves Jesus more than his boat and fishing equipment, occupation, family and friends. He is also asking whether Peter loves his master more than the other Apostles do. Peter humbly puts everything in Christ’s hands. The jurisdiction over the universal Church of God was immediately directly promised and given to Blessed Peter the Apostle by Christ our Lord. Peter was also given the promise of a martyr’s death because real love involves responsibility as well as sacrifice.

Jesus predicted how Peter would die—with his arms outstretched, nailed to a cross. Jesus set the example when he voluntarily placed his outstretched arms on the crossbeam as they were nailed to the Cross. Jesus glorified God. Peter glorified God. May we also, when the time comes, stretch out our hands in humble submission to whatever it is the Holy Spirit asks of us.

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