Wednesday, May 1, 2019
“After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias.” [John 21:1]
Again. How many times do you need to hear or experience something before you get it? Jesus had already appeared to the eleven minus Thomas and then again to the eleven with Thomas. Now Jesus appears among them again and the disciples are still unsettled and unsure. And then there is Jesus’ threefold questioning of Peter, “Do you love me?” Wouldn’t Peter’s first response have been enough? It seems to me that Jesus knows that the road ahead for Peter and the others will be filled with potholes. Jesus wants to make sure that Peter’s faithfulness is steadfast. So, Jesus tests him by asking him not once but three times, “Do you love me?” How would you feel if Jesus kept pressing you with the very same question?
Loving God, I just want you to know that I love you. Even so, I understand why you pressed Peter. Like Peter, I can be fickle. I have been known to fall silent, when I should speak up. I have even denied you when I felt threatened by those who don’t know you. Give me the courage to remain faithful in my love for you, I pray. Amen.