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Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter - (2013)

Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Prayer ...
God, you are so gracious. Thank you Lord for everything. Words cannot express our joy at hearing such a simple and profound statement describing your virtues. We are so glad we are your child. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (May 18, 2013)
Day: Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
First Reading: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 11:4, 5 and 7
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: John 21:20-25
Lectionary: 302
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 21:20-25
20Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" 22 Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" 23 The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" 24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. 25 But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus asked Simon Peter and he asks each one of us a very personal and thoughtful question do you love me more than everything else that might be very dear to you? How can the love of Jesus Christ be so striking and so costly at the same time? Peter denied Jesus three times during the night of Jesus' betrayal and condemnation by the Jewish authorities. Now Peter, full of sorrow and humbleness, clearly stated that he loved his master and was willing to serve him anything it might cost. When Jesus asks him "are you love me more than these?" Jesus may have pointed to the boats, nets and catch of fish. He may have challenged Peter to discard his work as a fisherman for the task of shepherding God's people. Jesus also may have pointed to the other disciples and to Peter's earlier boast: "Though they all fall away since of you, I will by no means fall away". Peter now makes no boast or judgment but humbly responds: "You know I love you." Nothing but our own sinful pride and willfulness can keep us from the love of God. He loved us first and our love for him is a response to his exceeding courteousness and mercy towards us. Loving Infant Jesus, inflame our heart with your love and take away from it whatever is unloving, unkind, unappreciative, unholy, and not in accord with your will.


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