Third Sunday of Easter

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Sunday of Easter Time May 5, 2019 WORD of the DAY When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” (John 21: 15) How shall I live this Word? “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Love more than the others, more than others love. To love to the end, like the beloved disciple, the one who recognizes Jesus and points Him out as ‘The Lord’! Does the pronoun ‘these’ only mean “more than the others”? Surely it has this meaning if we remember Peter’s statement when he had declared that he was “willing to give his life for Him” (Jn 13:37). However, by reading this pronoun within circumstances relating to fishing, to nets, to fish, to the work to which you return after the events of that Easter, you can perhaps also tie it to the meaning of ‘something’. Do you love me more than ‘these things’? The fish you brought, the boats, the nets, the old things to which you are returning?...