“[Jesus] said to him, ‘Follow me.'”

As we wrap up the Easter season, the last two weekday readings take us to the end of John (21:15-19).  Today features Jesus’ post-Resurrection dialogue with Peter.  Jesus asks him three times if he loves Him, and Peter answers in the affirmative each time.  And each time Jesus tells him to take care of His sheep/lambs.  Then Jesus foretells the manner of Peter’s death.  Jesus closes with the words at top to Peter.  While Jesus clearly puts Peter in an exalted position in His Church (evidence of this abounds not just here but throughout the New Testament bolstered by the Old), this message is for every person.  Jesus wants everyone to follow Him because He is “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6 which we heard not very long ago) and He has “the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68 as professed by Peter and also which we heard during this season).  Where (or better, in whom) can anyone find another way or the fullness of truth or hope for everlasting happiness?  The Lord knows what is best for us and blazed a path for us to follow.  We are to start by working diligently to conform our lives to His teaching and will so we can evangelize with conviction and by example to those who do not have the fullness of truth, those who have drifted (or stormed) away from God, and those who don’t yet know the Trinitiarian God.  Let us affirm our love for God in a full-throated manner, following Him in every way, and bring others to Him through our prayers, words, and actions.

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