Daily Gospel Reflection

June 29, 2024

June 29, 2024


Stop Sleepwalking

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Jn 21:15-19


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.” A second time he said to him, “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.” 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. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.” (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Readings are from Dynamic Catholic’s New Testament Bible: RSV Catholic Edition

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Stop Sleepwalking

Welcome back to Radical and Relevant, where we are exploring the genius of the gospels, and each day looking for a word or a phrase or an idea to anchor our day in. Today's reading is from the Gospel of John chapter 21, verses 15 through 19. 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." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." The second time, Jesus said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." And Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him a third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" And Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you." And Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say you. When you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would. But when you're old, you will stretch out your hands and another [will gird?] you and carry you where you do not wish to go." This is said to show by what death Peter was to glorify God. And after this, Jesus said to him, "Follow me."

What jumps out at you today? Is there a-- is there a word or a phrase or an idea? Jesus asks Peter this three times, "Do you love me?" Maybe that's the question he's asking you today. Or Peter is asked by Jesus to feed the people, to feed the lambs, to feed the sheep. Maybe you feel called to maybe a particular work of mercy, or maybe feeding people spiritually, or feeding people physically. What jumps out at you today? What jumps out at me is just two words that sort of just tucked in there. Glorify God. Glorify God. Are we glorifying God? Are we glorifying ourselves? Are we glorifying things in people that should not be glorified? Or are we just sleepwalking through life unintentionally, not even mindful of whether we are or we aren't glorifying God? How can you glorify God with your words, with your thoughts, with your actions today? Have an amazing day and remember, be bold, be Catholic.

June 29, 2024

June 29, 2024