Seventh Week of Easter Friday
Acts 25: 13; 13 -21
John 21: 15- 19
In the movie The Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, sings to his wife of twenty-five years a song asking her a question that he desperately wants to know the answer to. Tevye sings, “Do you love me?” and Golde answers by what she does for him, finally admits, “I suppose I do.” The answer to the question, “Do you love me?” is a question each and every one of us must answer to God for today.
In our gospel today, Jesus is resurrected from the dead and is at the seashore, and he asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” In the original Greek, the first two times, Jesus is asking, “Do you love me and are you willing to give your life to me?” Peter responds with, “Yes, I like you!”
Jesus asks Peter a third time but this last time, Jesus uses the same verb Peter does and asks, “Do you like me.” But this time Peter is angry by Jesus third question. Perhaps Peter is angry because he realizes the depth of Jesus first two questions and now Jesus lowers his expectations to match the level of Peter’s responds. Jesus is not troubled by Peter’s responds, for he knows that Peter eventually prove how much he loves him, and Jesus will give him the keys to the kingdom of God.
How will we respond to the same question Jesus is asking us today, “Do you love me?” Will we respond, “Well, Yes, I like you.” Or will we be able to respond, “Yes, Lord, I love you! I am willing to give my life to you? To do whatever you ask of me. To go wherever you want me to go, and to say whatever you want me to say!” Proof of that love will be seen in how we live our lives this day.
The Eucharist is given to us to help us respond “yes!”