Friday 7 June
Today is Friday the 7 June, in the seventh week of Easter.
Entering into prayer today, I begin by recognising that I am in God’s presence. I put myself at God’s service, open to what God wants of me, ready to do God’s will. I place myself, my worries and my hopes, my whole life, in the hands of my loving God.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.
This scene takes place after the resurrection. We recall how, not long ago, Peter had denied all knowledge of Jesus, in the High Priest's courtyard, by a glowing fire. What do you notice, then, about this scene where Jesus asks Peter three times, "Do you love me?"
Peter was a fisherman. He’s been fishing all night long. So, why d’you think Jesus asked him to feed his lambs and his sheep? What can he mean?
Jesus doesn’t ask Peter for an apology. When I’ve let Jesus down in some way, do I take the hint and say to Jesus, "You know I love you," instead of making excuses or apologies?
Listen again to the words of the story. Notice how readily Jesus forgives. Notice how he immediately gives Peter an important job to do, full of trust in Peter's good will.
Speak to Jesus now. You know your failures don’t matter. Tell Jesus, if you want to “pick yourself up, dust yourself down, and start all over again”. Ask to be shown the sheep and the lambs that he wants you to feed, the people he wants you to care for.