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May 7, 2019

We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.

May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.


"This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples

after being raised from the dead.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,

"Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?"

Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs."

He then said to Simon Peter a second time,

"Simon, son of John, do you love me?"

Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep."

Jesus said to him the third time,

"Simon, son of John, do you love me?"

Peter was distressed that Jesus 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." (John 21:14-17)

 

"Do you love me?

Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

 

Like Peter, when the Lord asked that, we say yes with sincerely and confidently. Then the Lord responded to Peter and to us this:

"Feed my lambs"

"Tend my sheep"

"Feed my sheep"

 

In other word, our Lord wants us to show him action because words without action to back up are just empty words. And if they do not blossom or make any difference in our sincere actions, then what is the point of believing something?

 

So who are the lambs and sheep in our labyrinth of life?

And how and what are we going about to tend and feed them?

 

That is the challenge.

The challenge to do more than just coming to church, cite the Creek, pray a prayer and receive the Holy Communion.

More so that we do not allow what we say and believe become blinders or words to hide behind.

And more so that our faith in God may produce fruit with countless acts of goodness, mercy, love, forgiveness, generosity and compassion.

 

St. Teresa of Avila famously said:

“Christ has no body but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

Compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,

Yours are the eyes, you are his body.”

 

We are the Body of Christ. What an honor! What a privilege!

 

“Do you love me?”  With what actions will we answer that question?

Only you can answer that.

 

Amen!

-Deacon Joe Nyguen

Comments

  • greg liptakPosted on 5/09/19

    Thank you for the beautiful and thought provoking reflection. May our actions shine forth so all will know God's love and goodness to those who love, praise, and honor Him. COE is so blessed to have awesome deacons who provide us with such inspirational reflections. ✝️

  • Susan BedellPosted on 5/08/19

    Beautifully and clearly written. Thank you for this stark though loving challenge!

 

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