Homily for Friday of the 7th Week of Easter Year A
Theme: Personal relationship with Jesus
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Friday, June 7 2019
(Jn. 21:15-19) Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
In today’s Gospel the risen Jesus appeared to the disciples and called Peter to ask if he loves Jesus. Peter was called thrice and answered “yes” with the third response full of emotions. Peter must have been thinking that Jesus was thinking about his triple denial of Jesus. Jesus was already on His way to going back to His Father after completing His mission. Now, He was entrusting the mission to the disciples with Peter as the head. Jesus saw in Peter an apt leader. His stability and courage, boldness and resolve, and faith and humility were only some of the good qualities Jesus saw in Him which can effectively spearhead the Church.
But not to be forgotten or lost is the importance of loving Jesus in order for any of the Church’s apostolate to be successful. It was not coincidental that Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me.” first before commanding Peter to take care of the sheep and the lambs. The Lord’s flock can only be effectively guided and led by a Jesus lover. The Church leader would undergo a lot of challenges and sufferings just like what Jesus went through in His life and ministry. Thus, Jesus must establish Peter’s love for Him before anything else.
This applies to every Christian. A real, true, and personal relationship with Jesus is a must. The road ahead is less travelled and full of challenges. One may easily be frustrated and devastated given the circumstances the Christians and the Christian Faith go through. But Jesus assured us of a His presence. And if we establish that love of Him, nothing can stop us from proclaiming and professing our faith.