May 17, Friday Easter Weekday
The Lord has established his throne in heaven. — Psalm 103:19
Mass Readings: Acts 25:13b-21/John 21:15-19
Painful though it is to be let down, I think it’s much tougher to be the one who’s failed. Apart from remorse and guilt over having hurt a loved one, there are fears and anxieties to deal with: “Does she still love me?” or “Will he ever trust me again?”
I wonder how Peter felt after the resurrection: Was he ashamed to face Jesus? Did he feel unworthy of leadership? Were Peter’s dreams haunted by echoes of the cock’s crow? Not only did Jesus give Peter the opportunity (in fact, three opportunities) to reaffirm his love, Jesus also affirmed His confidence in Peter by entrusting Him with the leadership of God’s people. The process of restoration begins with seeking and receiving forgiveness, but it’s complete only when trust is reestablished.
Prayer: Despite my repeated failures, thank You Jesus that You never stop asking: “Do you love Me?”
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