Do You Love Me?

05-01-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear People of God,

Good morning to you all. We are in Easter season and today is its 3rd Sunday. During this time, we continue to reflect upon the theme of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the first reading, led by Peter, the apostles continued to bear testimony to the risen Christ. Not even the Jews who they were previously afraid of could stop them. Fear now belongs to the past. So, Peter boldly said to the High Priest: “We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit…”

In spite of all the humiliations and threats to their lives, Peter insisted: “Obedience to God comes first before obedience to men.” They are now confident that they will overcome death as Christ did. Their resoluteness reminds us that obedience to God manifests itself in faithfulness to our vocations, and our witness for Christ.

In today’s gospel, Jesus appeared to his apostles for the third time. This time it was in the place of their “fishing business.” What a frustrated and embarrassed men they were! Also, today Christ asked Peter thrice: “Simon, son of John, do you love me? Feed my lambs…look after my sheep…”? Christ needed to be assured of

Peter’s commitment to lead his flock. This also showed the magnitude of the mission that Christ was to entrust to Peter. It was a way of reminding us that: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Hence, Christ reminds us that our vocation is very important. He also reminds us that as his disciples, we must be ready to accept every kind of humiliation for the good news.
Finally, as Christ revealed himself to his disciples through the sacrifice of bread and wine, every day, He continues to reveal Himself to us through the Holy Eucharist and ordinary things of life. Therefore, at Mass, simple things like bread and wine helps us to discover the presence of the Lord among us. This is, in spite of our infidelity and weakness. Through the Eucharist, Christ strengthens our faith. He also reminds us of our mission and who we ought to be. That is, let us walk with the Lord Jesus, let us serve others in love, let us feed one another in love. Have a

Happy and Blessed Sunday!!