February 22, 2014
The Chair of St. Peter
An All too Human 'Rock'
So I say to you, you are Peter,and upon this rock I will build my church...
Some rock! This veteran fisherman lost faith and had to be rescued when Jesus invited him to walk on the water. He rebuked Christ and was himself rebuked more than once. At the Transfiguration, Peter was so overwhelmed that he wanted to build shelters for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. On the Mount of Olives, he fell asleep, then impulsively cut off the ear of the high priest's servant. And finally, in Christ's hour of greatest need, Peter denied him, not once, but three times.
As my wise friend likes to remind me, "God does not call the qualified--he qualifies the called." It was Peter, not the calmer, steadier apostles, whom Jesus chose to lead his Church. Maybe it was Peter's open heart and the genuine love he had for Jesus that outshone all his human failings.
Lord, help me to remember Peter's example when I think that I'm not qualified, that I'll fail or that my mistakes are too big. You judge me by a different standard, and you have your purpose for me.
- Anne Pushkal
1 Peter 5:1-4|Psalm 23:1-6|Matthew 16:13-19