Love me? Show me!

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have you ever been in a relationship where you both needed to talk, but you were reluctant to do it because of the pain it would raise?  You slough it off, act as if everything is fine, but it won’t be until you have the talk you both know is coming. This is the third time that the disciples had seen Jesus risen from the dead, but Peter and Jesus have yet to talk about that Peter’s three denials the night Christ was arrested.  You can imagine a lot of silent nodding during that time, but the conversation has yet to occur.

And finally it does.  Jesus takes Peter aside by the water and asks the provocative question, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”  Chastened by the experience of over-promising and under-delivering as when he began walking on water…

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