September 26, 2010: John 21:15-25, Told for Younger Children
September 20, 2010 Length: 5:01
One day, after His resurrection, Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to His disciples. He spoke with Simon Peter. “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these people?” Peter said, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you!” Jesus said, “Take care of my lambs.” (Our Lord Jesus Christ did not mean actual baby sheep: He was calling His followers sheep.) After a bit, the Lord Jesus asked again, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love you!” And Jesus replied, “Take care of my sheep.” Then, Jesus asked a third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” Peter was very sad that Jesus asked him the same question the third time, but he answered, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love you!” Then Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep. Let me tell you something, Peter: when you were young, you got dressed by yourself and went wherever you wanted to. But, when you are old, you will put your hands out in front of you, and someone else will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (Jesus said this to tell what kind of death St. Peter would die.) And Jesus said, “Follow Me!” Peter then turned and saw that the disciple that Jesus loved, the one that had been close to Jesus at the supper and had asked, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” was following them. When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him? What will happen to him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to stay alive until I come again, what does that matter to you? It is not really any of your business. Now, follow Me.” After that, a rumor started that the Apostle John would never die. But, Jesus hadn’t actually said that John would not die, He just said, “If I want him to stay alive until I come again, it isn’t really any of your business!” John saw all of these things happen, and wrote them down. He knows that what he told about in this Gospel book is true.
1. Our Lord Jesus had some questions for Simon Peter. What did He ask? How many times did He ask it?
2. What did Simon Peter answer, every time?
3. Our Lord Jesus gave Simon Peter directions, each time he answered the question. What did He tell Peter to do?
4. Jesus told Peter what would happen to him before he died. Simon Peter wanted to know about another disciple’s future: which disciple did he ask Jesus about? After Jesus answered, what rumor started?
5. What did the Apostle John do to help Christians after him to know about Jesus? Did he write everything down? Why or why not?
6. Many things that Jesus did, that are not written down, we hear about through the Church. We are very blessed, because we have the Holy Scriptures AND the Church to tell us about Jesus. Pray, and thank God for giving us both ways to help us learn about Him, so that, like St. Peter, we can follow Him, too.