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.” He then said to him a second time, “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 distressed that he had said to him a 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. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
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For me, I reflected on the 3 responses Jesus gave to Peter when the latter answered, “Yes Lord, You know that I love you.”
- Feed my lambs
- Tend my sheep
- Feed my sheep
I have read this gospel a couple of times and never really had this kind of reflection before. And somehow, I got a “go-signal” to share this with you, in case people forgot about our responsibilities as Jesus-followers.
Feed my Lambs
For me this meant that Jesus is telling us to take care of those who are younger than we are. Like, as parents, we need to take care of our children. We need to nourish their bodies and minds, and hearts, by being their first teachers at home. We need to lay the foundation of how they would be like when they grow older.
We also help the young ones out in community by becoming their safe spaces when their own homes aren’t. They need listeners and teachers that would guide them to the right path, if not the path that God is actually and exactly leading them to.
Tend My Sheep
This meant that we take care of each other. Like journey with others, or share our life with others in the same journey. For example, my husband and I are part of the Couples Ministry, and are journeying with other couples in a Light group. We share each others ups and downs, and reflections concerning our families.
Being in our 30s, we also journey with people in the same age [regardless of civil status], and take care of each other’s mental and emotional health. We also journey with other parents of young children, sharing our adjustments given this community quarantine.
Feed My Sheep
For me, this was somehow Jesus instructing us to care for the people who are older than we are, or are more advanced in experiences. This can be our parents, our mentors, or those who are considered senior citizens.
I have mentioned in the video that “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.” Somehow, people who are older tend to be firm in their beliefs because they have had more life experiences [obviously] than the younger ones, that some are not open to new ways in doing things. Especially now during the community quarantine, the use of technology has been taken advantage of, and it’s up to us younger ones to help them navigate the use of different devices so they can keep in touch with people far away from them.
Also, one aspect of feeding the sheep is continuing to give them purpose and hope. Some people in their retirement age may feel that they have no use in the society because they are no longer part of the employment sector. Some have empty nests because their kids have built their own families. And some would feel that they are burdens to their families, if they are sick and did not have any retirement plans. We are responsible in helping them.
So there’s my reflection of today’s Gospel Reading. I hope you enjoyed reading, and if you checked the video out, I hope you were blessed as well.
– God-guided Gal