4th June 2022

Quotes about Focus on god (76 quotes)



Acts 28: 16-20, 30-31;                       Ps 11: 4-5, 7;              Jn 21: 20-25




The Gospel today highlights another encounter between Jesus and Peter. Peter has many ‘teaching moments’ with Jesus. He speaks his mind to Jesus, is very open, and is not trying to put on a show to impress him. Peter is bold and direct, and Jesus sees in him a solid leader of the Church that he is building. Jesus is also very direct with Peter and instructs him. He is shaping Peter into a disciple, and the latter’s attitude is always one of being receptive to this direction and correction.


Jesus has just finished a very interesting conversation with Peter asking him three times, “Do you love me?” They then start taking a walk, when Peter sees John following them. He turns to the Lord and asks, ‘What about John?’ This is a tendency in many of us – to look into the lives of others, with insecurity or superiority, pride or envy. Jesus has been challenging Peter about his choices and his faithfulness. And the first thing Peter says is, ‘What about him Lord?’


We, who are quick to point at others, are being challenged today. Jesus says, ‘What is that to you?’ Focus on your own salvation first. The other passages that can be helpful here are ‘First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye’ (Mt 7:5, Lk 6:42) or ‘Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ (Phil 2:12).


This is really a call to look to the Lord and not be distracted with finding faults with others. Let each one of us look deeply into ourselves and allow the Lord to shape us into disciples so that we may truly bear fruit for the sake of the Lord and his kingdom. Like St Paul, let us keep proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance (Acts 28:31).


Response: The upright shall behold your face, O Lord.

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