Reading and Prayer – May 5

Reading: John 21:15-19

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 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.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Prayer:

Father, we love you. But at times it may seem as though we do not. 

We know that at times we forget all that you are, all that you have done for us. 

At times our actions betray our faith. 

At times our priorities, the use of our time, the focus of our attentions, tell a very different story than our faith.

And yet we love you. 

Help us in our love for you. 

Help us remember all that you are, all that you have done for us. 

Help our actions be in accordance with our beliefs. 

Help us to put living for and with you at the head of our priorities.  

May all we do, all we are, all we share, speak of our love for you. 

Amen.