02 July, 2019
Post By : Jason Charron
Sunday June 30th, 2019 3ndSunday after Pentecost
Glory to Jesus Christ! Слава Ісусу Христу!
I take great comfort in the example of Sts. Peter and Paul, who feast day we celebrate every year on June 29th.
For one, Peter lead with his heart. I admire people who tell it like it is, with gumption and gusto. True, he was headstrong and obstinate. This on a few occasions lead to his being rebuked by Jesus (“Get behind me, Satan!”). But, he was also the first to put himself out on a limb. When nobody else dared to answer the questions posed by the God-Man, it was Peter who spoke up and declared Jesus to be the Son of God. When nobody else dared to step out of the boat and walk on the storm-tossed sea, it was Peter who did it. When they thought it was Jesus calling them from the shore, it was Peter who lunged into the foaming brine and swam there ahead of the boat in order to be the first near the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul, on the other hand, is to be admired for his all-consuming zeal for God. He wanted the whole world to know of Christ Jesus. Read 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 to appreciate all he endured for the Gospel. When he was wrong, he corrected his course: he turned from being a persecutor of Christians to being a precursor for Christians. He is the pioneer missionary for all Christians. That experience of conversion stayed with him and he knew what to do a few years down the road with it. You see, when Peter had sinned and was clearly in the wrong, and Peter was the head of the apostles, the first pope, Paul’s zeal for God’s righteousness was so great that he did not think twice about the need to correct Peter. Not only did he correct him, but he did it to his face. Peter, like King David in the Old Testament, took the rebuke to heart as wise and humble men do and he truly repented. This is a model for us: true friendship means loving someone so much that you are willing to risk losing their friendship in order to correct them when they are in the wrong. If your friend is a true friend, he/she will thank you for it and your friendship will grow deeper in mutual respect.
Jason, priest and sinner
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