St. Paul really lets St. Peter have it in today's first reading. In yesterday's reading, the lectionary focused on his repentance, and yet today it finds him actively seeking to root out the sin in his brethren. It seems this would be the kind of letter you wouldn't want to survive, but here it is. What is it telling us? I think that the church is trying to tell me that I have to look at my own life and acknowledge my own failings before I can help someone else correct theirs.
One more thing: I think hypocrisy creeps into parenting pretty easily. It's so much easier to tell people (especially little people) how to act than to follow my own advice. I've been focusing on St. Francis' prayer this week and I realize that I'm not always spreading peace in my house. In fact, if St. Paul popped over for coffee, he would probably give me a good tongue lashing too. Who guides you when you go astray? Feel free to post in the comment section below.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the friends that keep me on the straight path. Bring trusted and true people into my life to serve as my guides to you. Help me to always be true to you and your teaching, especially in my role as a mother. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Bruno, pray for me.