“Do you love me?” (Love Project, Day 25)

sheep1When 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.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a 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.”

John 21:15-17

One of my very favorite scenes in the classic movie Fiddler on the Roof occurs between Tevye and his wife Golde, in the song “Do You Love Me?”

It is the love song of a woman who expresses her love, year in and year out, not in sentimental platitudes but through her every waking moment. The washing of each dish, sewing of each stitch, baking of each morsel, and sweeping of each crumb. “Do small things with great love,” Blessed Teresa of Calcutta challenges us. Do we?

Today’s Love in Action: What small thing can you do today to show God you love him?

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