This week’s passage from John is rather long and includes Jesus’ third appearance to the disciples when he tells them to cast their net for fish one more time after a night of fruitless fishing. When they are unable to haul in the net because there are so many fish in it, they recognize Jesus on the shore. As they are eating bread and fish with the resurrected Jesus, he asks Simon Peter: “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” When Peter replies in the affirmative, Jesus replies: “Feed my lambs.” Jesus asks twice more, Peter responds twice more and Jesus twice replies “Feed my sheep.” Traditionally, this passage is read as reversing Peter’s three denials of Jesus prior to the crucifixion. The three denials are spoken as are Peter’s three responses. But Jesus charges Peter to “feed” his followers.
Let’s begin by identifying where you have denied or fallen short of the teachings of Jesus. Confess that and then hear Jesus asking you “Do you love me?” Give your response in your language. Then figure out how you are going to help those who were hurt by your previous denial.
To make it artistic, take out a piece of paper and write your confession around the edge while turning the paper. You want to create a border, so you may write the confession repeatedly and write on top of previous writings. The goal is to get the confession out, but not make it the centerpiece or what you’ll dwell on. In the center, create an image of how you are going to feed Jesus’ sheep.