7TH FRIDAY HOMILY OF EASTER – YEAR B

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7TH FRIDAY HOMILY OF EASTER – YEAR B

HOMILY THEME: HIGHER BLESSING FOR GREATER LOVE

BY: Fr. Karabari Paul

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

Peter’s faith took a bit of a fall as Jesus approached His death. He denied that he knew Jesus three times, just as Jesus had predicted. But after the resurrection, Jesus gave Peter a chance to make up for his mistake. Jesus asked him, three times, whether he loved Him or not( John 21:15-19).

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Significantly, Jesus didn’t ask, “Simon, son of John, do you know me?” Because that won’t be unreasonable question since Peter had said, “I do not know the man” (Mt.26:74). Instead, Jesus focused on that which should define the affairs of both men and the Kingdom; love. When Peter said, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you,” you would expect Jesus to say, “I love you too.” But Jesus appointed him to show greater love for that which He has purchased with heart’s blood; to feed His lambs, tend His sheep, and feed His sheep.

Love is the healing medicine. Peter had denied His Master three times. Jesus healed the broken bond by drawing out a three-fold declaration of love from him. We must strive to make sure that our love for God exceeds our mistakes.

And then Peter did become one of the early instigators of the church. God used Peter despite his mistakes. And when we make a mistake, God doesn’t give up on us either. He gives us another opportunity to get things right. Every new day is an opportunity to live better than yesterday. God will still use us, call us, and equip us for the kingdom. Our mistakes don’t mean God discounts us if we don’t allow them to define us; if we live above them. We are still whom He says we are, and we can still do what He has asked us to do.

Greater blessings should move us deeper in love with Jesus. God’s favour towards us should propel us into higher responsibility of love towards Christ and His Kingdom. Love must be practical and shown in commitment.GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. May God have mercy on us, heal our country, Nigeria, bless and protect us all through Christ, our Lord Amen. Please, stay safe. Good morning

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