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Friday 7th Week of Easter

Today’s Readings

Friday 7th Week of Easter

John 21:15-19

Do you know people, perhaps yourself
who have gone to a doctor and then another doctor
another doctor and can’t find the right diagnosis?

I know a lady who went to 5 different doctors
before one doctor asked her to take nitroglycerin pill.

Within minutes she felt like a huge weight
had been lifted from her chest.
This Doctor knew she had blocked arteries in her heart
and tests proved that to be the case.

Her surgery was successful
because the doctor asked her the right question.

Jesus always asks the right question:
“Simon, do you love me?”
It wasn’t, “Simon can I ever trust you again?”
Or “Are you going to betray me again?”

All Jesus wants to know is,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Think of the difficulties we have in our relationships
especially – the important ones.
During an argument, are not many of our questions,
blaming questions, accusing questions,
questions or statements that put people down
and try to shame them into feeling guilty?

Does that ever work?
We have to be honest and say, “No, it doesn’t.”

The focus of the question Jesus asked Peter,
“Do you love me?” turns Peter’s focus
from himself and his sin to Jesus.
That question is Peter’s nitroglycerin pill.

It removes the sin and its bitterness in Peter’s heart.

It would be so healing for us to ask someone
who has hurt us deeply, “Do you love me?”
It would probably take them entirely by surprise,
and they would know what to say at first

Play that scenario out in your imagination.

 

When we put ourselves and our hurts before others,
we are always going to accuse and blame them.

But when we deliberately think
of the other person’s best interest,
a question or a statement that honors and respects them
will bridge the gap sin has placed between us.

“Simon, do you love me?

Jesus takes something so difficult for us
and makes it so simple.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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