Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Memorial Feast: Saint Rita of Cascia, Religious (1381-1457) Patron Saint of Lost or Impossible Causes, Sickness, Marital Problems, Abused Mothers
Acts of the Apostles 28:16-20, 30-31, Psalm 11, & John 21:20-25
'Christ's Charge to Peter' by Italian artist, Raphael, circa 1515-16.
In today's Gospel narrative, we discover, yet again, how very human Peter was. The Gospels are full of many of Peter's individual qualities that we, too, struggle with each day. Peter could be angry, distrustful, accusing, frustrated, disloyal, and then remorseful. Now, we hear that Peter could be full of jealously, too.
There is no doubt that Peter loves Jesus. In yesterday's Gospel, Jesus tested Peter's heart by asking three times if he did indeed love Him. Peter responded that he did indeed love Jesus, becoming distressed at the repeated nature of the questions. Yet, we also can sense that Peter's love is possessive. He wants to be recognized by Jesus as the one He most loves. Peter points to the apostle described as the one whom Jesus loved, and Peter's pride and envy get the better of him. He asks Jesus point blank, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus responds, "What concern is it of yours?"
Sisters and brothers, no matter how confused we are or may become, Jesus gives us hope. After all, despite all Peter's weaknesses, he ultimately becomes the "Rock" that Jesus uses to establish His church. He tells us to follow Him. Jesus knows that we come back stronger each time we waiver and come back to our faith.
The Divine Person of Jesus, being both fully human and fully divine, has an has an infinite love for us. It is such a blessing that Jesus knows our hearts—especially the nature of human emotion. It enables us to relate to Him and calls us to a deeper union with Him.
As a result of the example of Saint Peter, we may stumble at times, yet we can pick ourselves up and follow Jesus with greater resolve.
Question of the Day: Will you consider becoming the "Rock" of your family, your workplace, and your community?
Prayer: "I will send to you the Spirit of Truth, says the Lord; He will guide you to all truth. Alleluia, alleluia."