Be Like Peter

I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
From Matthew 16:19

I find it consoling that Peter was the one chosen to lead the first Christian community. Though Peter had no idea of what being given the keys to the kingdom entailed, Jesus entrusted him with this responsibility just the same. Though Peter’s thick-headedness and cowardice brought a good deal of trouble his way, Peter allowed his heart to direct him when the chips were down. He is the one who first said aloud what the other disciples feared to whisper even to themselves. In the end, after Jesus was crucified and risen, it is Peter who led the disciples to share all that they had learned with the world.

As a child, I told myself often that I would have been much different from the disciples if I had walked with Jesus. I could not understand how anyone would have questioned a thing Jesus said or did. Today, I know better. In spite of the numerous and generous ways in which God has been revealed to me day in and day out, I question and worry and despair with the best of them. For us humans, I guess seeing is believing. The problem is that we fail to see the treasure lying before our eyes. Still, God entrusts us with the keys of the Kingdom of heaven just the same. It is up to us to be like Peter and to follow our hearts in revealing just what this means to us in all that we say and do.

Trusting God, you have made us the caretakers of your word and works. Give us the courage, wisdom and love to share these gifts honestly and generously.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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