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A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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.”


“Do you love me?”

" Be a worthy son, because the world is tired of words. It needs examples" , said St Padre Pio to Adolfo Affatato, his spiritual son. (1)

Jesus asked Peter, son of John, “Do you love me?” three times. And each response by Peter was met with:

  • Feed my lambs.

  • Tend my sheep

  • Feed my sheep

Jesus then told Peter to "follow Him".

The greatest gift God has given us is a desire to possess Him. We have a purpose in life and in serving God and neighbor-- in the toothless dirty nailed homeless, the single mother struggling with bills and several children, the addict, the end stage cancer patient, and in the lonely elderly priest still celebrating Mass-- we have found love.

Is that not what we do when we love someone-meet their physical and spiritual needs? Depending on the age: We feed our children (our little lambs);Then we tend to their needs (tend my sheep); As they get older we (feed the sheep) prepare them spiritually for life.; And then having taken them so far we say, "Follow Jesus" and do all to please Him.

"The very first practice of loving Jesus is to learn to be patient for 'Love is patient''. (1 Cor. 13:4) ...In order for us to gain paradise or union with God we must practice loving patience, that is, to suffer for the love of Christ". (2)

Are we not patient with our children? Is not God patient with us? Should we not be patient with all whom we meet?

Today we have the perfect example of today's homily in the saints of today. During the Cristeros revolution against the federal Mexican government, from 1915 through 1937, many priests and lay people were tortured and killed because they defied the law forbidding the Mass, forbidding Catholic schools and the right to dress in clerical garments. They proceeded to "feed the sheep" of Jesus in rural areas in defiance what man told them not to do. Viva Cristo Rey was the yell of the Cristeros as they were put to death!!

God Bless You

(1)Adolfo Affatato, Padre Pio and I: Memoirs of a Spiritual Son, Translation by Bret Thoman, OFS, Kindle edition, published by Adolfo Affatato, 2016, Chapter 3.

(2) Truong Luan, C.Ss.R, Father Michael Joseph. "Love is Patient"( 1 Corinthians 13:4) The Practicing of Patience as the Virtue of "Love Enduring Evil" Delivering us from Temptation and bringing us into Salvation. A Dissertation. Roma, September 2019.


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