Friday, August 11

John 21:15-19 (ESV)

Jesus and Peter

15 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.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”


Reflection

Forgiveness is hard. When someone hurts us or causes us pain

the last thing most of us want to do is forgive them. Yet,

forgiving one another is exactly what Jesus calls us to do. Peter

denied Jesus three times and it led to Jesus’ death, yet Jesus was

able to forgive Peter. In today's reading Jesus asks Peter three

times if he loved him and each time Peter replies, “Yes.” Jesus

loved Peter and he forgave him. He even gave him an important

task, taking care of his flock. It isn't easy and it isn't always

popular, but forgiveness is the right thing to do. Jesus loved

Peter and he forgave him. Jesus loves us and forgives us. May

each of us have hearts eager to forgive others as well.


Prayer

Dear Lord, you teach us about forgiveness through your Son

and his ability to forgive Peter. Help us forgive others, even

when it isn't easy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Terri Harms

 

Preschool Director of Daily Operations

tharms@stjohns-preschool.org