This passage gives a powerful sense of the friendship that must have existed between Jesus and Peter. Some people see the three times Jesus asks Peter, "Do you love me?" as a retort by Jesus for the three times Peter denied. Maybe this is so; but for me it is just Jesus re-inforcing in Peter how much they mean to each other. It is the tenderness of two friends coming to the end of this earthly friendship, the knowing that this phase is over and something new is about to begin. Jesus is re-asserting Peter as leader by telling him to feed the sheep and lambs...and then Jesus does something very tender; he tells Peter how he is going to die. How can this be tenderer? Think of it; when Peter is in captivity and all that Jesus says comes to pass he would know that he was safe in the hands of the Lord. As we come to Pentecost and the last days of Jesus' earthly life-let us recall that Jesus has promised to be with us too, not just Peter, even to the end of time. God will not desert us or his world. He wants us to come to him and he keeps us tenderly. After the resurrection, Jesus showed his most tender side to his disciples, understanding that they had no idea what was going on but knew they would understand all once the Spirit came. So be ready for the Spirit to come to you!!!