WHAT’S THE POINT?
Peter denied Jesus three times during His Passion. After the Resurrection, Jesus asks Peter three times of his love for him. This happened during the third appearance of Jesus to Peter. Peter had returned to Galilee to take up fishing again with some of the other Apostles, but after this appearance, it was clear to Peter what he was to do. He was to be in charge of Jesus’ flock on earth. Jesus commissioned him to “Feed my sheep.” Because of Peter’s love for Christ, he was asked to love Christ’s body on earth. As the first Pope of the Church, Peter took the responsibility to care for her and to pass on to us what he learned from Our Lord.