Wednesday, April 27, 2011

St. Peter's Primacy

 After we left Capernaum, we went to St. Peter's Primacy.  The following verses detail what occurred at this location:

John 21:1-19 (NRSV)
1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.
2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.
3 Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
5 Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish, have you?" They answered him, "No."
6 He said to them, "Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.
7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.
8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread.
10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught."
11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.
12 Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" because they knew it was the Lord.
13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs."
16 A second time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep."
17 He said to him the third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.
18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go."
19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, "Follow me."

Do you love me?  How those words echoed through the depths of my soul as I walked along this beach.

This is the interior of the church built on this spot.  The rock at the front may be the traditional place where this encounter is thought to have occurred.

The beach seemed so familiar.  This area seemed to look just like I had imagined it would from times of hearing this story in Sunday school.

This area, looking out to the Sea of Galilee, was the perfect place to experience moments of contemplation and silence before the Lord, recounting what had happened here and my response to it.

The exterior of this beautiful church

A powerful sculpture of Jesus and Peter

Rosa reading the text for us

Another view of the area by the beach

The glorious sun peeking out from behind the trees.

A heart-shaped stone seemed to echo the question of love for Christ.

Another view of the sculpture.

The words "do you love me?" and "feed my sheep" continue to echo through my soul as I remember these moments.  Visiting this site was a very powerful part of the trip for me.  
I hope you are all having a good week!

1 comment:

  1. Love this post, Carroll! It's interesting you say that the beach looked exactly like you'd imagined it would, because I think about stuff like that all the time and always wonder if the images I correlate with Bible stories would ever translate well if I visited there. Loving your posts from this trip! xx


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