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Liturgical day: Friday 7th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 21,15-19): And a third time He said to him, «Simon, son of John, do you love me?». Peter was saddened because Jesus asked him a third time, «Do you love me?», and he said, «Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you». After Jesus and his disciples had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, «Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?». He answered, «Yes, Lord, you know that I love you». And Jesus said, «Feed my lambs». A second time Jesus said to him, «Simon, son of John, do you love me?». And Peter answered, «Yes, Lord, you know that I love you». Jesus said to him, «Look after my sheep».

And a third time He said to him, «Simon, son of John, do you love me?». Peter was saddened because Jesus asked him a third time, «Do you love me?», and he said, «Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you». Jesus then said, «Feed my sheep. Truly, I say to you, when you were young you put on your belt and walked where you liked. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and another will put a belt around you and lead you where you do not wish to go». Jesus said this to make known the kind of death by which Peter was to glorify God. And He added, «Follow me».

Today we are attending a farewell meal: Jesus is about to ascend to Heaven. When they have finished He holds a special, intimate, conversation with Simon Peter. The three times Jesus asks him whether he loved Him remind us the three times that Peter - during the Passion - said that he did not know Jesus ...

—Any other "boss" would have dismissed Peter ... But the merciful Christ understands him, forgives him and reinstates him in his mission: "Feed my sheep." In spite of my mistakes, God counts on me!