Prayer of the Day
Easter FridayApril 25th, 2014
After the Resurrection, it looks as if the disciples are about to return to their previous way of life – i.e. fishing. Peter, perhaps fed up with himself and still brooding over the incident where he had denied his Master, takes the initiative. Peter was feeling completely worthless. Although they were experienced fishermen, they laboured all night and caught nothing. Only John recognised Jesus in the dim morning light.
As they gathered to share a meal on the shore, Jesus led Peter through a very touching experience. Peter had disowned Jesus three times. Now Jesus asks Peter three times if he loved him. Jesus was now asking Peter if he was willing to serve him, to commit his life to him. Peter’s occupation would now change from fisherman to evangelist. Peter was forgiven, and he finally understood Jesus’ words about his death and resurrection. Peter had to face his true feelings and motives when Jesus put the question to him: “Do you love me?”
How might we respond if Jesus asked us: “Do you truly love me?”