Hope all's well.
Second last night. Remember the 9@9 prayer to the Holy Spirit tonight.
We are always given the chance by God to make amends. Thank God for that.
Peter certainly was given that chance.
Three times he had denied ever knowing Jesus.
Three times the risen Jesus asks him a question to give him the chance to get right again with God.
When you think of it, Jesus could have asked Peter, 'What were you playing at when you said you didn't know me?' Or he could have said, 'You didn’t half let me down...some friend you are.’
He didn't say anything like that.
He asks Peter, 'Do you love me?' And three times he asks that question.
It's worth you getting a read through today's gospel passage.
In asking Peter this question three times, he was really saying that the past is in the past. What is important now is the present. Do you love me?
Just as Peter was asked that question, so too are we asked it by the Risen Jesus, 'Do you love me?'
Our answer to Christ's question is to be shown through the words we say, the prayers we pray, and the lives we live.
Remember, God always gives us the chance to make amends, to get right again with him.
Remember, too, that this weekend is a big Rosary weekend.
Join the Pope tomorrow at 4.30pm for live streamed Rosary from the Vatican Gardens.
And on Sunday at 6.15pm, Archbishop Tartaglia will lead live streamed Rosary from St Andrew's Cathedral. So, plenty times this weekend for prayer.
Our parish continues to make plans and preparations for the reopening of the church when circumstances for that permit. I’ll keep you fully informed.
Have a safe and happy Friday. Hope you get a chance to catch some of the sunshine.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord,