Sunday, April 18, 2010

A New Direction

I've decided that as well as the prayer requests I'd like to post some reflections on religion and the bible here. If any of the other contributors would like to do that as well, you are more than welcome!

Forgiveness and Redemption

In the Gospel this morning (John 21:1-19) we see the apostles encountering the risen Christ yet again. They haul in a big load of fish and then sit and have a breakfast of fish and bread baked over a charcoal fire. When they finish eating Jesus calls Peter aside and three times he asks Peter "Do you love me?" Peter answers that of course he does, but by the third time starts to get annoyed (as anyone who has repeatedly answered the same question from someone might be).

Jesus asks three times, not because he doesn't hear him answer, or doesn't quite believe what he's being told, but because Peter denied Jesus three times. Jesus gave Peter a chance at redemption. Three denials earlier, and now three assertions of his love.

Peter probably felt pretty far past forgiveness when he first realized that he had denied his Lord just as Jesus had predicted. But Jesus gave him the opportunity to make up for it.

I find this very comforting. We stumble and fall along the way, but Jesus is always there, ready to forgive and to give us another chance.

Pray for Reconciliation

The following prayer request was left in the comments.

Please pray for me to reconcile with my ex in Arizona, I am grasping at straws after three years I am still in love and think the relationship will work
Bless You