Peter’s vocation to love
Friday, May 18, 2018 7th Week of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 25:13-21 Gospel: John 21:15-19
times Jesus’ request for Peter to take care of the sheep. This is symbolic at two levels.
At the level of numeric symbolism, three is perfection. This refers to his perfect love for humanity. At the level of relationships the interrogation of Peter in preparation for his role in the line of succession in Jesus’ Church is indicative of love. Jesus was to ascend to heaven soon. He couldn’t just leave behind his loved ones without making provisions. An anonymous author wrote: “He who truly loves refuses to die.” By providing for the flock so that it will not suffer want in his absence, he manifested his undying love for his people.
Today, the Church keeps alive the stewardship of the flock through the uninterrupted succession of popes after Peter’s watch. Aside from enjoying uninterrupted succession, the Church also inherited Jesus’ assurance of abiding presence. Its teaching is stamped by the authority of Jesus who said, “I will be with you until the end of time.” In this sense we say that the Church is perfect.
But the Church is also an imperfect society because it is composed of human beings. As a perfect society the Church is the best promoter of salvation. As an imperfect society the Church also needs to be saved and is therefore the first to believe in the salvation it promotes. –(Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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