I find today’s Gospel both enigmatic – and, somewhat
understandable. The enigma – what did Jesus mean with his
three questions which were each stated a little differently –
“Feed my lambs,” “Tend my sheep,” and, “Feed
my sheep.” In that culture at that time with Jesus talking
to a male apostle, was there specific language meaning to the choice
of words? I don’t know. However, from this Gospel story I
take this message for my life – how many times daily do I
respond to Christ’s call to me to “tend to others”?
How many times daily do I think I’m responding to “tending
to others” when perhaps I am not? Am I a 21st century version
of Simon Peter and have to be reminded three times every day?
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