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Third Sunday of Easter
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1st Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41
Resp. Psalm Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
2nd Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel: John 21:1-19
Even though very great things can happen in our lives we have a tendency to go back to the mundane. This unfortunately is also true for the great graces that God gives us from time to time. St Peter was doing just this when he decided to go fishing despite all that had just happened. Without grace we go back to what is worldly. Jesus however intervenes and puts Peter back on track. Peter confesses that he loves Jesus 3 times in order to make up for the denials while Jesus was being put on trial.
There are four words that denote love in Greek: agape, philia, storge, and eros . When Jesus asks Peter if he loves him the first time, Jesus uses the word agape which is sacrificial love. Peter however answers him with philia - brotherly love. The second time Jesus asks him his answer was the same. But the third time Jesus uses the word philia and Peter answers with philia. Jesus accepted Peter as he was which is what He does to us. Jesus then tells Peter that when he was a young man he did what he pleased but that when he is older he would be taken where he would rather not go. In other words, again, Jesus accepts his philia (brotherly) love, but will drag him to the agape (sacrificial) love.
He loves St. Peter that much. He loves us too.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD