Thursday, June 09, 2011



JUNE 10, 2011

Acts 25:13-21 / Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20 / Jn 21:15-19

ACTS 25:13-21
Some days later King Agrippa and his sister Bernice arrived in
Caesarea to greet Festus. As they were to stay there several days,
Festus told the king about Paul's case and said to him, "We have here
a man whom Felix left as a prisoner. When I was in Jerusalem, the
chief priests and the elders of the Jews accused him and asked me to
sentence him. I told them that it is not the custom of the Romans to
hand over a man without giving him an opportunity to defend himself in
front of his accusers. So they came and I took my seat without delay
on the tribunal and sent for the man. When the accusers had the floor,
they did not accuse him of any of the crimes that I was led to think
he had committed; instead they quarreled with him about religion and
about a certain Jesus who has died but whom Paul asserted to be alive.
I did not know what to do about this case, so I asked Paul if he
wanted to go to Jerusalem to be tried there. But Paul appealed to be
judged by the emperor. So I ordered that he be kept in custody until I
send him to Caesar."

JOHN 21:15-19
After Jesus and his disciples had finished breakfast, he said to
Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He
answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." And Jesus said, "Feed
my lambs." A second time Jesus said to him, "Simon, son of John, do
you love me?" And Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love
you." Jesus said to him, "Look after my sheep." And a third time he
said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was saddened
because Jesus asked him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said,
"Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus then
said, "Feed my sheep. Truly, I say to you, when you were young you put
on your belt and walked where you liked. But when you grow old, you
will stretch out your hands and another will put a belt around you and
lead you where you do not wish to go." Jesus said this to make known
the kind of death by which Peter was to glorify God. And he added,
"Follow me."

This Gospel is a very important moment in the life of St. Peter, the
first among the apostles of Jesus. We know that Jesus appointed Peter
to be the head of the Church with power to forgive sins, heal the sick
and preach the Good News of the Resurrection. Yet, this was the same
Peter who, during the Passion, denied being a follower of Jesus
because of his fear of physical harm. In other words, he was a coward.

In today's Gospel, Jesus turns to Peter and asks him three times if he
loves him. Peter understood that Jesus was giving him a second chance,
that Jesus had forgiven him and was re-commissioning him to take care
of his flock. He understood that Jesus loved him immensely and
continued to have faith in him. So Peter was so touched by this and
responded by saying that he loved Jesus. This is a poignant and
emotional scene, and Peter must have answered Jesus with his voice
breaking with emotion.

Jesus is also asking you, "Do you love me?" If you say yes, make sure
you are saying yes not as a super-good or super-upright person but as
a weak and sinful man who nevertheless has experienced the forgiveness
of Jesus as Peter did. Then hopefully we will also have the privilege
to hear Jesus say to us as he said to Peter, "Feed my sheep."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ditas dela Paz
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Bert Villacorta
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Leah Salterio
… for the personal intentions of
- Veronica Yap
- Titong Villacorta
- RR
- Enrique and Eufrocina Navarro
- Michael and Maria Elinor Pintado
… In Memoriam: John Laurence Carpio
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Bert Relatado. Eternal rest
grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dina Magbitang
- Birthday: Fortunato M. Gupit
… for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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