2019.05.05 Homily

Readings and Gospel at the USCCB

There is a quote from CS Lewis that I’ve seen floating around online for the past few years, it reads:

“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”

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It ties in nicely with our Gospel today.

Because Jesus is basically telling Peter the same thing.

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The test of love, the three-fold question, when coupled with the prophecy of Peter’s death, becomes a larger question.

Jesus is showing Peter just how difficult this life is going to be, and is asking for his commitment.

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Following Christ is complicated, uncomfortable, painful, simple, joy-filled, sorrowful, monotonous, difficult, and demanding.

It is the only life that will be fully human.

But being fully human, hurts.

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With Peter, Jesus is asking us today, if we love him, if we truly want this life.

And if our answer is yes, he invites us, to follow after him.

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Lecturas y Evangelio en la USCCB

Hay una cita de CS Lewis que es apropiada para nuestro Evangelio de hoy:

“No fui a la religión para hacerme feliz. Siempre supe que una botella de vino haría eso. Si quieres que una religión te haga sentir realmente cómodo, ciertamente no recomiendo el cristianismo.”

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Se conecta muy bien con nuestro Evangelio, porque Jesús le está diciendo a Pedro lo mismo.

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La prueba del amor, cuando se combina con la profecía de la muerte de Pedro, se convierte en una cuestión más amplia.

Jesús le está mostrando a Pedro lo difícil que será esta vida, y le está pidiendo su compromiso.

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Seguir a Cristo es complicado, incómodo, monótono y exigente.

Es la única vida que será plenamente humana.

Pero al ser completamente humano, duele.

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Jesús nos pregunta hoy, con Pedro, si realmente lo amamos, si realmente deseamos esta vida.

Si nuestra respuesta es sí, nos invita a seguirlo.

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