May 26, Friday of the 7th Week of Easter
Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest
Daily Readings: Acts 25:13b-21; Gospel: John 21:15-19
In John 21:15-19, we see a robust exchange between Jesus and Peter. After His resurrection, Jesus appears to His disciples while fishing and has breakfast with them. After breakfast, Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Him, and each time Peter affirms his love for Jesus, Jesus tells him to “feed my sheep.”
This passage is a powerful reminder that loving Jesus means loving and caring for His people. As believers, we are called to be ministers of the gospel and to care for the spiritual needs of those around us. This passage also reminds us that our love for Jesus should be the foundation for our service to others.
When we love and serve others, we become more like Jesus. Jesus Himself said he came not to be served but to help. When we do others, we are fulfilling our purpose as believers and demonstrating the love of Christ to those around us.
Challenges to Loving and Serving Others: Despite the benefits of loving and serving others, it can sometimes be challenging. We may face rejection, criticism, or even persecution for our service. We may also struggle with feelings of inadequacy or doubt in our ability to make a difference. However, we can overcome these challenges by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit and remembering that our service is ultimately for the glory of God.
In John 21:15-19, Jesus calls us to love Him by caring for His people. As we serve others, we become more like Jesus and demonstrate His love to the world. While there may be challenges to our service, we can overcome them through the power of the Holy Spirit and by keeping our focus on the glory of God.
Let us be faithful in our service to others and our love for Christ, knowing that our labor is not in vain.
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