Friday, August 22, 2014

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Dear Parishioners,

Saint Peter got the question right, but he needed time to grow into it before he was ready to share it with others (Matthew 16:13-20). He did not yet understand, or approve of, a Messiah that suffers and who calls his followers to bear a cross, too. He did not yet understand that even death does not get the last word, or the last laugh, over those who give up their lives in service to Christ. He did not yet understand how fickle was his own faith, and how easily he could deny knowing the Lord when pressed by a curious little girl around a charcoal fire. He did not know yet, but he would soon. And then, on the far side of his failure, on the far side of Calvary, after the resurrection of Jesus, Peter would be ready, having grown into his confession. And so can we.

- Deacon Robert

“We must not consult our own inclinations,
but endeavor always to do that which
will give the most pleasure to God.”
~ Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars