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posted 9 Apr 2016, 01:05 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle

10th April  - 3rd Sunday of Easter, C

 

H.B. & Hw.

"Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us." We

make these words our own. And rightly so, for so

they are. Like our brothers, the Apostles, trying to

catch fish all night with nothing to show for it, we

try in our own way and according to our lights and

we achieve nothing. We want to get it all right but

our best laid plans. . . well, we all know the score.

 

Then we meet our stranger. At first we do not

recognise him. All kinds of preoccupations throw

us off the scent. And then remarkably, his word

changes everything. Our seeming failure changes

into success. And we recognise our stranger for

who he really is. "It is the Lord". And he puts a

different complexion on our everything.

 

He invites us to eat with him. He invites us to

break bread with him. He invites us to be his

companion. Then he asks us, each one of us in

turn, if we love him. How embarrassing! Put like

that we are embarrassed. What a question to ask in

front of all these people. We detect an inner

awkwardness and not a little emotional squirming.

After all, we are a culture that does not ask this

kind of question in public.

 

But there it is and we cannot duck it. The Lord

asks us three times. Nor can we rationalise and

divert the issue onto Peter. This is the Peter story

and doesn't apply to me, we may think. Except

that this is the Living Word and it's Peter's story

certainly, and it is your story, and it is mine as it is

Christ's. So let's just take a deep breath and

answer the threefold question once and for all.

"Yes, Lord, you know I love you" and "Lord, you

know everything; you know I love you."

Then doesn't he go on to give us total

responsibility for each other. As if to say, if you

really love me, "Feed my lambs." "Look after my

sheep." The Lord entrusts us with the task of

caring for his sheep and lambs. Jesus reverses our

failure (and we all have to fail, whatever shape or

form our failure takes), by inviting our

commitment. Whatever the cost, how can we

refuse? The risen Lord Jesus changes everything.

So having changed everything for us, with Him we

can begin to change our world.

 

(After Duncan MacPherson. Pastoral Review, Vol. 6 Issue 2)

 

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