Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Acts 25:13-21 + John 21:15-19
May 18, 2018
Peter was distressed that He had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?”
On these last two weekdays of Easter, our Gospel passage comes from the epilogue of John’s Gospel account. In these final days, we hear John’s account of Jesus’ “final word”, which echoes what John records time and time again throughout his Scriptural writings (the Book of Revelation, his three epistles, and his Gospel account).
Jesus’ “final word” is Love—caritas—which in fact is the very nature of the Triune God, and so then also of the “Word made Flesh”. As we prepare to celebrate the Sundays and other solemnities that flow forth from the Easter Season, we meditate on the meaning of the Caritas Who Is God. In the weeks following the Easter Season, the Church will celebrate the Solemnities of the Most Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi, and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through each of these, the Church reflects and liturgically celebrates the goodness of God’s very nature: the Love that the Risen Jesus extends to us.
Today, Jesus calls Peter, the Rock of the Church, to accept this divine caritas as the heart of his own life and ministry. We pray for our Holy Father, the Pope. We also pray for ourselves, that no matter what our vocation may be, our lives will also reflect this divine outpouring of love.