Saints Peter and Paul

 
Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, based on John 21:15-19

(this preaching was given by Fr. Donleavy on this feast day in 2012)


When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

This entry was posted in Preaching by Jim Donleavy, O.P.. Bookmark the permalink.

About Jim Donleavy, O.P.

Jim Donleavy, a friar of the Irish province, was ordained in 1961 and dedicated his life to preaching. He has been in the ministry of preaching ever since, in Ireland, England, the United States, the West Indies, and South Africa. He is currently prior and parish priest in Limerick.