It starts out nice and then we end up making noise to each other.
Bishop Simeon Valerio used to give his famous lecture on how we show our love to others. Think of the first few years of being married: calling each other “honey” or “darling” or ‘love.” After some years, spouses call to each other with “hey.” After more years, they just make a noise to get the other one’s attention; something like “psst.”
We see Jesus bring a new identity to Peter today. When asked if he loved Jesus, Peter said of course he did! Then he is asked to feed the sheep. It is one thing to say you love Jesus, but the real test is in doing what he asks. We must tell our family members more often that we love them, share apologies, and say thank you. Express our love with more than “psst!”
How have you been showing your family you love them?
About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.