Do you love me?

Sometimes a locked gate is an invitation.

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs
Readings: Acts 25:13b-21; PS 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab; Jn 21:15-19
Notes: Even when it’s easy, it is hard but the outcome is salvation for the people.

  • Paul could have easily been vindicated by Felix (Trial before Felix, Acts 24).
  • Paul could have easily been vindicated by Festus (Appeal to Caesar, Acts 25).
  • Paul could have easily been vindicated by Agrippa (King Agrippa Hears Paul, Acts 26).

And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar. (Acts 26:32).

Why did Paul bear all these things?

Because he loved Jesus and because Paul loved for all to come to the Lord:

[Paul said] The king knows about these matters and to him I speak boldly, for I cannot believe that any of this has escaped his notice; this was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you believe.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You will soon persuade me to play the Christian.”

Paul replied, “I would pray to God that sooner or later not only you but all who listen to me today might become as I am except for these chains.” (Acts 26:26-29).

Once in Rome
He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 28:30-31).

From Franciscan Media:


Like Charles Lwanga, we are all teachers and witnesses to Christian living by the examples of our own lives. We are all called upon to spread the word of God, whether by word or deed. By remaining courageous and unshakable in our faith during times of great moral and physical temptation, we live as Christ lived.

First reading
And when Paul appealed that he be held in custody for the Emperor’s decision,
I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord has established his throne in heaven.

Alleluia Verse
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
and remind you of all I told you.

Gospel Portion
Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?
Simon, son of John, do you love me?
Do you love me?

It all boils down to love.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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