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? Do you love Me more than all the things you left to follow Me? What did you put aside to be with Me? Instead of Simon of John let us put our name: “…… do you love me more than these?” And let us ask ourselves: “What do we place before the Love of Christ?”.
Risen Lord, help us to ‘love You more than these’!
The Voice of Benedict XVI Pope Emeritus, Angelus 7/10/05
St. Benedict did not establish a monastic institution primarily aimed at the evangelization of barbarian peoples, like other great missionary monks of the time, but he indicated to his followers as the fundamental, indeed unique, aim of existence the search for God: “Quaerere Deum”. He knew, however, that when the believer enters into a profound relationship with God, he cannot be satisfied with living in a mediocre way in the name of a minimalist ethic and a superficial religiosity. In this light then, we better understand the expression that Benedict drew from St. Cyprian and which summarizes his Rule (IV, 21), the life program of the monks: “Nihil amori Christi praeponere”, ” Place nothing before love of Christ”. In this consists sanctity, a valid proposal for every Christian, and has become a true pastoral urgency in our time when we feel the need to anchor life and history in solid spiritual references.
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Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA