Simon, son of John, do you love me? You know everything, you know that I love YOU - Peter responded.
Certainly, if Jesus asked today - Do you love me? Our answer would be the same: Lord you know everything you know I love you.
And there is a lot of truth in that.
Our presence here in the church is a public profession of our love for God. Our prayer, our fraternal help for another person and to trust our attempts, also confirms this.
Why does God, from time to time, ask us to love Him?
Not like Peter three times, but through whole of our live?
Is once not enough?
It appears that not.
We are people who often fall in love. We fall in love with another person, fall in love with our talents, fall in love with whatever we have. Normally, we would not change our lives but for a loved one we sacrifice everything. Time, skills, money. Silently counting on this love, to be returned to us as a reciprocated love.
When our love is not understood by another and not reciprocated, we pull back. Very often we give up too early, because we see that it was not love but infatuation. Then we fall into gloom, and despair and ask ourselves - why does the other person not see our love?
A similar situation may occur in our relationship with God.
Many of us can confirm our love and devotion to God. Especially in the solemn moments of our lives: when we receive the sacraments, in the solemn moments of the liturgy of the church.
How strong is our love and faith at Christmas and Easter?
How strong we feel when we have faith that God hears our prayers and they impact our life as we want them to? When we are not missing anything, when we are happy because our children are our friends, we call out ..."God loves us".
But the situations in our life do not look so colorful when we start to doubt whether in fact we are loved very much by beloved Father.
Are we sure He sees our efforts?
St. Peter affirmed his love for Jesus and for this love he was paid by death.
Well we know that love very often requires sacrifices. We can only say after years if it was a great and lasting love. Only when we decide to commit to someone can we see the everyday reality of life to be able to overcome the problems and to be able to say I love you, I love you now, I love you still and I will not stop loving you.
Our God is asking from time to time for our love for Him. He wants to eliminate our temporary fascination with love. While waiting for our answer, He wants to be treated exactly the same as those which we love.
People with whom we live and for whom we are able to devote our lives. Do not expect flowers, gifts, and other examples of love from God, for when we begin to live with Him, as in our common everyday life we affirm our words..."Lord you know that I love You."