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dc.contributor.authorFitzgibbons, John P., S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 300en_US
dc.description.abstract"Do you love me?" It's funny, this question more than any other I can think of, goes to the very heart of who we are. It's a question we all ask of another human being sooner or later and, more often then not, wait in some anticipation, if not anxiety, about the beloved's response. If the beloved other says, "No," or even just hesitates a little, we can be devastated. With such simple but profound questions life is given or renewed and life as we have known it, is taken away. Now, imagine God putting God's self in that situation in the person of Jesus. That is really what happens in today's gospel reading; God, in Jesus, puts God's own heart at risk.||Such questions seem to admit no complications, brook no prolix responses; indeed we suspect we're getting the run-around if the beloved takes too long in answering this fundamental inquiry into the quality of the bond.|So, why does Jesus ask Peter this question three times? What is God up to, working in the heart of Jesus? Peter gives straightforward, simple answers to Jesus' question. Indeed, Peter's answer is almost as short as the question, "Yes, Lord, you know I love you."|I think part of the reason Jesus asks three times is found a little earlier in the Gospel of John, that is, in the eighteenth chapter. Remember? Peter denies being a companion of Jesus three times when confronted by people who would betray him to the authorities. So, it's not just neat symmetry and good writing at stake here. Rather, Jesus goes to the heart of Peter and to his greatest mistake. There, in that tender and vulnerable spot, Jesus speaks of love and asks Peter simply to renew their profound friendship and shy; three times. It is not that Jesus doubts Peter's sincerity; it's that Jesus wants to heal the tear between them. Peter grieves that Jesus must ask three times, but catches on soon enough; the healing and renewal must go as deep as the laceration and hurt.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, June 1, 2001: 7th week in Easter.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorFitzgibbons, John P., S.J.en_US 7en_US
dc.subject.local1Acts 22:30; 23:6-11en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 16:1-2a, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11en_US
dc.subject.local4John 17:20-26en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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