Simon Peter, Do You Love Me?
There is a fragility in all of us. The words and actions of others often touch into our spirits and deprive us of peace. Our security is shaken. We are pained by perceived misunderstanding or betrayal. The questions of Jesus to Peter, “Do you love me?” and then “Do you love me more than these?” are often interpreted as a test after Peter’s dismal failure. We certainly don’t know, but it would be interesting to reflect on whether even Jesus needed reassurance and recommitment in their relationship. It would be interesting to reflect on Peter’s dismay as that of a man who failed his friend but knew his own love in spite of his weakness? Sometimes it is helpful in the midst of our own struggles to remind ourselves that these gospel figures were real people living real lives with problems not unlike our own. Sometimes it is good to reflect that we may have over spiritualized very human people trying to live God centered lives.
Lord, that I may see.
Reflect on some of the gospel characters and their interactions and compare them to life as you experience it.
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”
But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.
It’s strange how people hurt those who love and care about them and try to please those who don’t.
When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational
Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked – but it’s immensely important to find them in your closest relationships.