Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
"[Jesus to Peter] 'Now, after being with me for three years, do you love me?' 'Yes.' 'Okay, if you do, then come and foliow me. But you have to follow me like a grown up. You can't follow me like a kid anymore.' …Jesus asks the same question of us tonight: 'Do you love me? Do you WANT to love me?' If the answer is yes, then His response is, 'Come follow me. But you are gonna have to follow me like a grown-up and not like a kid anymore.' As He says, 'When you were a kid, you used to go where you wanted to go, you used to dress yourself, you used to do whatever you wanted to do. But. When you become a mature follower of Christ, the day is coming when someone else will dress you, someone else will bind your hands, someone else will lead you where you do not want to go.' This is the reality of every single Christian: if we are going to be mature Christians, we have to place ourselves under the obligation of Jesus."
Mass Readings from April 14, 2013:
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
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