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Today’s Gospel account involves the last appearance of the Risen Jesus to his disciples. We hear once again this stirring conversation between Jesus and Peter.

“Do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

“Feed my sheep.”

My friends, during the Easter season we appropriately give an extended period of time to gratefully reflect upon the gift of salvation. Now as the Easter season reaches the crescendo of Pentecost, we shift focus to putting our love for Jesus into action.

“Do you love me? … Feed my sheep.”

Words are important. Who does not want to hear those precious words: “I love you.” But, who does not grow weary of a love that is only expressed in words and not backed up by the more important expressions of loving deed?

The same is true for the Christian. Jesus qualifies what our love for him needs to look like. “IF you love me you will keep my commands.”

Take time today to read the Second Letter of St. John, as it is very short and makes this point very clearly!

May we demonstrate our love for Jesus in working for a more just society. Today is also the memorial of St. Pope Paul VI, who said, “If you want peace, work for justice.”

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