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May 1, 2022

3rd Sunday of Easter

“Peter, do you love me?” “You know everything; you know that I love you.” “Feed my sheep… tend my lambs… feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17).

This last chapter of Saint John has many surprises for the biblical experts. It probably surprises us as well. The first surprise is the dialogue between Jesus and Peter. Do you love me? Jesus could ask us the same question. We know Jesus loves us; do we love him? The Apostles had seen the Risen Lord; why did they not recognize him? John was the first to recognize him: “He is the Lord.”

Jesus tells Peter that he will be tied down. John, the evangelist, says this means he will be crucified. There is also a “flavor of the Eucharist,” similar to the multiplying bread and fish which Jesus gives the thousands who have followed him for three days.

We reflect on this episode as a second last chapter of Saint John’s gospel. We can easily reflect on this last surprising chapter and ask questions that come to mind. Can we recognize him in the Eucharist? Can we carry our daily cross? The last chapter of Saint John’s Gospel seems to be a double of chapter twenty. It is found in every manuscript. The style is like the rest of his gospel. It is crucial because Peter’s response is reparation for his failure to recognize Jesus on Good Friday.

Jesus loves us; do we love him? He carried his cross; we must carry our cross daily to follow him. We will suffer if we are Christians. Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist: Liturgy, Communion, and Adoration. We must give ourselves to him in the Eucharist. We must be Good Samaritans to our neighbor as Jesus taught us.

Prayer:

God our Father, may we look forward with hope to our resurrection, for you have made us your sons and daughters and restored the joy of our youth (Collect for the 3rd Sunday of Easter).

 

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About Ernest Falardeau, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Ernest Falardeau has dedicated his life and ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. He served for many years as the Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now resides at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.