Today’s Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sometimes, St. Peter really gets to me. Yes, I’m sure our first Pope was a good and holy man but, admittedly, he can just seem ridiculous, given my two thousand years of hindsight. This is not one of those stories, though. In fact, I’m quite jealous of the confidence that St. Peter speaks with in this passage “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.”
Given every possible opportunity, I still am not able to loudly, confidently and consistently speak of who Jesus is. Sometimes I feel like I’m being more polite by holding my tongue, sometimes it doesn’t seem like the right place to bring up my faith but, more often than not, I’m just plain scared. Scared of rejection, scared of mockery, scared of the reputation I’ll get, and, in reality, scared to be a true disciple. Look where it got St. Peter, upside down on a cross.
Yet, even in my fear, I am called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in even my small and inefficient ways. I proclaim Jesus is Lord when I wake up at night for the tenth time because my daughter needs me. I proclaim Jesus is Lord when I actually listen to my students instead of going over my to-do list in my head. I proclaim Jesus is Lord when I strive to put God and my family before everything else in the world. And I proclaim Jesus is Lord even when my voice is shaky, unquiet and afraid while I speak of my faith to another person which will make the next time and the time after that so much easier. I’m not perfect, but I am daily building up the courage to tell you about my God who is.
In what ways can I, like St. Peter, proclaim that Jesus is “the Messiah, Son of the Living God” both in sharing my faith aloud with others and in the way that I live my life?
Lord, sometimes I feel like I do more wrong than right every day, especially when it comes to being Your hands and feet in this world. Let today be a day where I rightly proclaim Your kingdom to those around me.
Copyright 2017 Jennifer Durney
Jennifer Durney works for the Diocese of Erie in the areas of both Youth and Young Adult Ministry as well as College Campus Ministry. She and her husband, Matt, share a passion for ministry to youth, community and active modeling of the faith in daily life, especially as they navigate their first year as parents to their beautiful daughter, Vivianne.
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