Encounters with Jesus - Day 7 (8 September 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

When Jesus and his disciples had finished eating, he asked, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than the others do?” Simon Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, you know I do!” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus said. Jesus asked a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you!” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus told him. Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus had asked him three times if he loved him. So he told Jesus, “Lord, you know everything. You know I love you.” Jesus replied, “Feed my sheep. I tell you for certain that when you were a young man, you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will hold out your hands. Then others will wrap your belt around you and lead you where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to tell how Peter would die and bring honour to God. Then he said to Peter, “Follow me!”

(John 21.15-19)

Reflect:

Here Jesus specifically calls out Peter to re-commission him. Jesus may have given him three opportunities to express his love for him because of his three denials. The call to ‘feed my sheep’ was a call to pastorally care for and provide spiritual nourishment to believers. To ‘hold out your hands’ was a familiar illusion to crucifixion. Peter was to literally take up his cross and follow Jesus.

Respond: 

Read this story slowly and as often as you are able. How might God wish to speak to you today?

 

 

Midday Meditation:

What makes authentic disciples is not visions, ecstasies, biblical mastery of chapter and verse, or spectacular success in the ministry, but a capacity for faithfulness. Buffeted by the fickle winds of failure, battered by their own unruly emotions, and bruised by rejection and ridicule, authentic disciples may have stumbled and frequently fallen, endured lapses and relapses, gotten handcuffed to the fleshpots and wandered into a far county. Yet, they kept coming back to Jesus.”

(Brennan Manning The Ragamuffin Gospel)

Evening Reflection:

Jesus, thank you for blessing us with Your presence today. You are our peace and our joy, Lord. Thank you for inviting us into a life with You. We are so quick to look for our significance and identity apart from You. Help us to continually remember that we are citizens of Your kingdom! Our identity is not in our jobs, our personalities, or our past. Instead, we find great joy and rest when our identity is rooted in You and what You are doing in us. Continue to transform us, Lord. Amen. 

(Teresa of Ávila)

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