In todays Gospel, Jesus gives Peter a new role- to be the very first Pope. The thing is, Peter had no idea what this role he was taking on, and what it meant. All he knew was that Christ just changed his name, and made him the foundation of the unshakable Catholic Church.
Jesus calls Peter into this ministry early on, and throughout his earthly mission grows Peter into this new and immense role. Throughout this ‘training’ time Jesus brings into reality Peters Faith, and helps grow his faith. Look, for example, at the Last Supper. Jesus tells Peter that he will deny him three times before the cock crows, and Peter says NEVER me Lord, I would rather die than deny you. Peter thinks that he has an immense and admirable faith. But Jesus brings him into reality, and shows him that, “no Peter, you have a small faith, but I am here to grow it”
Jesus will meet us where our faith is. At times, we can be as brave as Peter, and want to get out of the boat and walk on water, but at the same time we will have little faith and drown. And Jesus will always stretch out his hands and grab us from the water. Jesus will meet us. He will bring our faith into reality. He will grow our faith. He will continue to meet us in our failings, and help us to get back on our feet again and again.
Peter, on this perplexing day, is given the name we know him by, Peter! His name means the rock. He is the foundation. And Christ formed him into this name- to be the foundation of the Church. God, like he does with many people throughout history, gave Peter a new name for a new Job. Like a Cardinal does when he is elected to the position of Pope.
With that in mind, we must ask ourselves, What name is God calling in us? What role is God trying to grow in us? What is God calling me to do? Where is God meeting me at? Where is God in my life? We can find the answer to these questions in prayer. In simple and humble prayer listening to God speak to us.
May we come to listen to God, to hear his voice. May we come and follow on Gods path for us. Through prayer, let us grow in faith, and listen for the name, the role, that God is calling us to do, to become. May we grow in our faith, always living out the Joy of the Gospel in our lives, and proclaiming Christ to others through the role in which we are called.
Have a great Sunday!
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