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August 4 - Mt. 16: 13-23

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordAugust 4, 2022
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today's other readings are Jeremiah 31: 31-34 and Psalm 51

From hero to zero.  That is my first reaction to what happens to Peter in our gospel.

It begins with a question from Jesus - "Who do you say that I am?"  Simon Peter, after witnessing and reflecting upon all that Jesus has said and done up to this point, gives his answer.  And for this, he is told that he will be the rock upon which Jesus will build His church, and he will be given the keys to heaven.  Wow! What an honour!

But then, Jesus turns to the disciples and tells them the truth of what will happen to Him in Jerusalem.  Peter says a big no to that idea.  And for this he is called Satan.  Ouch!  As I said, from hero to zero.  

When I reflect on my own call to follow Jesus, Peter comes to mind.  Sometimes I am able to say and do good things for the glory of God and benefit of others.  But I am also capable of sin.  But that sin, those stumbles, do not define me or stop me.  For like Peter, I try to mend my ways, but the help of the sacrament of reconciliation, pick myself up and keep trying to follow the One who is the Truth and the Life.