Seventh Week of Easter

Before Jesus’ death, He expressed His love for the Disciples and said that He wanted them to have peace, even though they would abandon Him. They had come to realize that Jesus knew everything, and His foretelling of betrayal must have stung. During Jesus’ Passion, Peter denied Him three times. When the Risen Lord gave him the healing opportunity to declare his love three times in a row, Peter pointed out on the third go-around that Jesus already knew! Later, leaders of the Church in the city of Ephesus wept in farewell to Paul, who had spent several years there but said that he would not see them again. Why do we sometimes pray for a greater showing of God’s love for us, instead of asking that He forgive us for failures to share His love every chance we get?