Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” It’s a question he asks each one of us. Notice he asks this three times. To love someone takes a lot of work and sacrifice...I want you to really think about this, because it does. Ultimately Peter would be sacrificing his life, but in this love affair…Jesus does all the work. Making the work joyful, giving us the strength to keep going when we feel we just can’t go on. This is the Jesus we meet in the Sacrament of reconciliation. Jesus doesn’t criticize Peter, nor does he throw in his face what Peter has done to him. He loves Peter and also knows that Peter is bound to his denial of him and needs to be healed. Being in sin binds the fruit of grace that the Spirit will bring…and Peter won’t be ready for it and neither will we. Sometimes we have to keep coming back regularly (just as we do when we go to see a doctor). But we have to be like Peter too. Notice he doesn’t make excuses for what he’s done, nor does he try to run. Jesus already knows. In saying yes to the Lord’s three questions Peter acknowledges his sin, is sorry for it, realizes that he has hurt the Lord and doesn’t want to hurt him again, and is ready to move on. Like I said, Jesus already knows but he wants to hear it from our own lips and we need to hear it too, we need to move on. Satan loves when we wallow in our sins, preventing the Holy Spirit from taking us to the next level. Having us believe that we’re the worst and God wants nothing to do with us. Jesus loves us, and wants everything to do with us. Do we love him?
Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always pray for our Pastor …he loves us and so do I!