It is said that the only person who can hurt us is someone we love and the deeper the love the worse the hurt. A total stranger can hurt us physically but only someone we love – a trusted friend can injure us emotionally.
In our Gospel today Jesus says to Peter “come.” It is a simple invitation, one that Jesus gives us daily. It is the same one that he offered to the rich young man elsewhere in the Gospel. The young man turned away because he had many possessions.
And, Jesus says, “Give them some food yourselves.” The disciples protested, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have.” Jesus said, “Bring them to me.” As always with the gospels, there is a lesson for us.
Some time ago, a magazine ran a story about teenagers who belong to the Santa Clara Swimming Club. Every morning they get up at 5:00am and hurry to an outdoor pool for two solid hours of swimming, after which, they go to school.