After they had finish breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John , do you love me more than these do? He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
And Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” A second time Jesus said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Yes, Lord you know that I have love you.”Jesus said to him, “look after my sheep.”
And third time He said to him, “Simon, son of John do you love me? Peter was saddened because Jesus asked him a third time. “ Do you love me?” and he said, Lord you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus then said, “Feed my sheep! Truly, I say to you, when you were young, you put on your belt and walked were you liked. But when you grow old, you well stretch out your hands, and another will put a belt around you, and lead you where you do not wish to go.”
Jesus said this to make known the kind of death by which Peter was to glorify God. And He added “follow me!”
POINT OF REFLECTION
When Jesus asked Simon three times if he loves him? Simon answered three times that he loves Him. Technically speaking, doing it for the first is a kind of luck. Doing the same for the second times is daunting. But having done for the third times confirms truthfulness. Simon Peter has proven his love unto Jesus as He confirms what Jesus would like Peter to do after his near absence from his followers. Jesus tasked Simon Peter to keep us all under his watch and care until the judgment day. True enough, Simon Peter never failed to take good care of His lambs knowing how the church of Christ had survive for the many long years to inspire faithful amidst difficulties and challenges of being Christians.
Jesus said, “When you were young, you put on your belt and walked were you liked. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will put a belt around you, and lead you where you do not wish to go.” This reminded us that our will is not the will of the Father. As Christian believers, we do not do these and that because we want to do it by ourselves but we simply do it for the Father has willed it. All of this should be done to glorify the Father who is in heaven.