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May 22, 2015

St. Rita of Cascia

John 21: 15-19

After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them,
he said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

A Greater Love

What is love? A Google search returns a definition of a deep affection or intense feeling. Love can be defined in many different ways, and recognized in many aspects of our lives.  I have a hard time always loving my neighbors, especially when they’ve wronged me.

In today’s gospel, however, love has a deeper meaning than just loving your neighbor; it’s a commandment from our Father. I believe the deeper meaning is agape – loving your neighbor, family, friends, and yourself unconditionally. God loves us because He made us in his image so we in return should love unconditionally – agape!

Chelsea Afrifa is a junior at Loyola Academy and is the fourth member of the Class of 2016 to contribute a PrayLA reflection!

Prayer

Pope Francis writes: “There is a temptation to seek God in the past or in a possible future. God is certainly in the past because we can see the footprints. And God is also in the future as a promise. But the ‘concrete’ God, so to speak, is today.

“The senses that find God are the ones St. Ignatius called spiritual senses. A contemplative attitude is necessary. Profound peace, spiritual consolation, love of God, and love of all things in God—this is the sign that you are on this right path.”

Today I pray that I might recognize the signs of “this right path.”

―George Penman Sullivan, Jr.

 


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May 22, 2015

St. Rita of Cascia

John 21: 15-19

After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them,
he said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

A Greater Love

What is love? A Google search returns a definition of a deep affection or intense feeling. Love can be defined in many different ways, and recognized in many aspects of our lives.  I have a hard time always loving my neighbors, especially when they’ve wronged me.

In today’s gospel, however, love has a deeper meaning than just loving your neighbor; it’s a commandment from our Father. I believe the deeper meaning is agape – loving your neighbor, family, friends, and yourself unconditionally. God loves us because He made us in his image so we in return should love unconditionally – agape!

Chelsea Afrifa is a junior at Loyola Academy and is the fourth member of the Class of 2016 to contribute a PrayLA reflection!

Prayer

Pope Francis writes: “There is a temptation to seek God in the past or in a possible future. God is certainly in the past because we can see the footprints. And God is also in the future as a promise. But the ‘concrete’ God, so to speak, is today.

“The senses that find God are the ones St. Ignatius called spiritual senses. A contemplative attitude is necessary. Profound peace, spiritual consolation, love of God, and love of all things in God—this is the sign that you are on this right path.”

Today I pray that I might recognize the signs of “this right path.”

―George Penman Sullivan, Jr.

 

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