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Friday, Seventh Week of Easter


As an aunt and a great aunt, I have read a lot of story books to children. When I reflect upon this passage, I remember a book that was a big hit in my extended family, Guess How Much I love You?

Do you love me? (John 21: 17)

As an aunt and a great aunt, I have read a lot of story books to children. When I reflect upon this passage, I remember a book that was a big hit in my extended family, Guess How Much I love You? In the story, Little Nutbrown Hare want to show his father how much he loves him. The father in turns shows his child the unbreakable love that he has for his son.

As I reflect upon this passage it seems that this is our own version of Guess How Much I love you? God reminds Peter, and reminds each of us, that we are loved beyond measure. As we go forth as his disciples to answer his call to follow him, God knows that the road ahead may be full of dangers and hard times. But because we are the daughters and sons of God that unbreakable bond of love will carry us when we laugh and when we cry, when we are jubilant and when we are scared, when we feel like dancing and when we fall, and all those other times in between.

The answer that God would give us when we ask “Guess how much I love you?” is through the outstretched arms of Jesus as he hung on the cross for us. May we truly celebrate this wondrous love by our fidelity to truly “follow him.”

Vicky Otto
Companion (Liberty, Mo.)



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