Cycle B

Good News B31b

Vigil of Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

 

John 21:15-19 New American Bible  
John 21:15-19 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“Do You Love Me?”

 

          Jesus wanted Peter to take care of the people who believed in him. He wanted them to tell people about his word. He wanted him to tell them how to live forever with his heavenly father. Peter broke bread and gave it to the disciples, just like Jesus did. He blessed the wine and gave it to the disciples just as Jesus did. Then they started inviting people where they were visiting to join in their supper. Today in churches all over the world, priests bless the bread and wine, using the same words as Jesus Christ did, They give it to the members of the church, the sheep of Jesus Christ.

It has been over 2000 years since Jesus lived on this earth and died on the cross to save all of his sheep. He wants all people to know his teachings. He wants all people to eat his bread and drink his blood of salvation.

When you see danger nearing God’s people, warn them. Jesus wants his sheep to get to heaven to be with him and his heavenly Father. Priests give homilies as ways to warn people and to give them directions to save their souls. Teachers help children study the Bible and learn God’s ways.

God wants you to love him above all. He wants you to love your neighbor yourself. God has forgiven you. Now he wants you to forgive other people. Besides sharing your love and forgiveness, share other things. Share  your toys with those who have none. Share your clothing and blankets with those who need them. Buy food for the homeless. Make a get well card for a sick person. When you do these things, you are feeding and caring for Jesus and his sheep. When you do these things, Jesus will send you many blessings and favors to keep you on the path to heaven.

          Say the “Our Father” and ask God to show you how you can help his sheep. Ask him to help you forgive others and to be generous in sharing what you have. Ask him to forgive you for your sins and help you stay away from evil, and lead his sheep away from evil, too.

 

 “Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

 

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