Wednesday, August 4, 2010
St. John Vianney
There is a temptation to look at the lives of the saints and think we can never be like them. They seem so perfect and most of us see our imperfections pretty clearly. Yet, if you look at the people Jesus interacted with in the gospels, they were perfectly human. Peter is a wonderful example of how hard it is to always get it right. He has some amazing shining moments, and then he crashes and burns.
One more thing: Jesus tells Peter that God has revealed Christ's true nature to him and Peter becomes the foundation of our church. Not a moment later, Jesus refers to him as satan. It's Peter's humanity ("thinking as humans do", "why did you doubt?") that always gets in the way. Yet, that's who we are. Jesus shows us that it is only with the help of God, and Christ's salvation, that we can achieve our full potential as the perfect humans God calls us to be. Consider yourself the rock of the domestic church. If you rely on God completely to help you in this role, you will not falter. If you don't, be prepared to screw up; but always get back in the game, just like Peter did.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I'm sorry for the times when I am weak and my humanity gets in the way of my vocation. Thank you for your forgiveness. Create a clean heart in me so that I may fully rely on you. In your name I pray, Amen. St. John Vianney, pray for me.
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