Love is Grace

“So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, 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.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, 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 a third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things, You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.” “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” John 21 vs: 15-18

I think the disciples doubted themselves, were discouraged, probably confused, with the events leading up to Jesus death and resurrection. As they were taking a break by the sea, I’m sure Simon Peter was wondering if he was worthy of God’s love after denying he knew Jesus.

Jesus, offers Peter the grace he needs. Peter does not stay frozen in his shame. In our failures we learn God is with us. Once we know the net below us (God), will catch us, we can stop being fearful, stop worrying about falling. Often I fail to see Christ in the midst of my life. Staying faithful, I know God has me, He leads and takes me with Him.

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” Henri Nouwen

Thank you for the gift of your love and grace, for your leading. For opening our hearts and minds to the important questions in our lives. We know you will guide us on the right paths, as long as we allow you to be the shepherd of our lives. Thank you Father, for the resurrected Christ. Amen

Lois Autterson

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