PETER, DO YOU LOVE ME?
Christ demands from Peter the most reliable sign of Love. "Yes
Lord, I love you." But Christ was not satisfied with words.
Words are a meaningless expression of one's true state of soul.
"Not everyone who says 'Lord, I love you' will enter the kingdom of
heaven; but only the ones who do the will of My Father in heaven."
And what was the will of Christ for Peter? "Feed my lambs."
Lambs are those who are spiritual babies, those who are merely
beginning in the spiritual life. "To feed" these lambs is to
teach them the simpler commands of Christ like the first Beatitude,
i.e. to teach them how to be poor in spirit. But that is not
enough. "To feed" also means that after teaching them the
commands of Christ, we must supervise them in obeying the commands
by guidance, by rebukes, reminders, encouragements and corrections
until they reach perfection in obedience.
To teach the lambs the commands without properly guiding them to its
perfect obedience is NOT to feed the lambs. And to completely
neglect to teach the lambs the commands of Christ is criminal
negligence for which the shepherd shall be liable before God.
For the third time, Christ asked Peter: "Peter, do you love
Me?" Peter knew himself, that he loved Christ. But he
did not depend on his own knowledge of self but on the Divine
Knowledge of God: "Lord, you know all things. . ."
Christ said: "Feed my sheep." The sheep are the more
spiritually mature. And to feed the sheep is to teach them the
deeper teachings of Christ, guiding, reminding, rebuking and
encouraging them until the perfection of their obedience.
To feed the lambs and the sheep is to teach souls, both beginners
and advanced, the simple and more difficult commands of Christ and
HOW to observe them, guiding each soul to the perfect obedience of
these commands. Why, isn't that the Apostolic Commission given
by Christ to His apostles?
To accomplish this is the sign of Love of God. And whoever can
attain to this is deserving to be an apostle.
But, sadly, today, do one seems to know the commands of Christ. .
.much more know how to observe the commands of Christ. And
when confronted with these commands taken from the writing of the
Fathers, all find them alien to their present beliefs. hearing
the commands of Christ today, make Christians angry. We are
totally ignorant of these commands that upon hearing them, we hate
them. The commands of Christ go against our concept of modern
Catholicism. Unfortunately our modern concept is a heresy