The Power of Love

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7 June 2019. Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Reflection (Rev. Ivan Joseph F. Feniquito)

Mahal kasi kita…” This is a statement of genuine love. I always hear these words in conversations, lines in movies no matter how cheesy. But this is how Jesus wants to reach out to us. “Mahal kasi kita…
… kaya pinapatawad na kita,
… kaya kinalumutan ko na ang sakit na ipinaranas mo sa akin,
… kaya patuloy kitang inaalala sa aking panalangin,
… kaya bukas palad kitang ginabayan.

In the Gospel, Jesus expresses his great love to his disciples. It is the love of Jesus that binds them amidst the “betrayal” or infidelity especially when they left Jesus alone in his passion and death. Again, we witness the “table of fellowship”; it is a table of reconciliation and forgiveness. It is the breaking of bread, an act of communion with each other. The meal is a manifestation of Jesus’ unconditional love for his disciples. Jesus invites his disciples to come back to him, to return to his love. The question, “Do you love me?” is not a test for Peter, but I believe it is a leading question to share in his mission and ministry. The shame and sorrow of Peter led him to a faith response of love, “Yes Lord, you know that I love you.” Peter’s threefold opportunity for atonement expresses his sincerity of love. The great love of Jesus moved Peter into an authentic response to follow Christ in shepherding God’s flocks a genuine expression of love in feeding the sheep – the people of God.

The Gospel today inspires me to a threefold expression of love. First, examination of conscience, as I examine my relationship with God. I ask the grace that I may feel shame and sorrow due to my sinfulness and infidelity to Jesus. Second, to recognize the faithfulness of Jesus in my life. His love for me is abundant, even if I often betray him. He endured it and his great love never falls apart. And finally, to express my atoning love to him. Rooted from his love, I will share the expressions of love in ministering to his flock. May the good Lord bless us with grace of patience in our language of love. May my disposition with others always be, “Mahal kita kasi… nadama ko ang pagmamahal ng Diyos.” And may the power of God’s love reign in our hearts as we seek to encounter our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Gospel Today
John 21:15-19

After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them,
he said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

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