In the face of Peter's triple denial of him, the risen Jesus three times asks Peter, "Do you love me?" No amount of personal sin can eradicate from Peter's heart the awareness of the fact that he does love Jesus. Peter was made for this love and nothing can make him forget it.
Psalm 29(30):2,4-6,11-132nd Reading:
On this Good Shepherd Sunday, the Risen Christ consoles us: "The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me." In particular, this weekend we remember the need for every Christian to pray daily for an increase of vocations to the Priesthood.
Psalm 99(100):1-3,52nd Reading:
At the Last Supper, Jesus tells the Eleven: "As I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples." Through this communion of love, "God lives among men."
Psalm 144(145):8-13a2nd Reading:
At the Last Supper, Jesus makes a promise: "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him." The same is offered to us when we refuse to let our hearts be troubled, but cling instead to the name of Christ.
Psalm 66(67):2-3,5-6,82nd Reading: