Thinking about St. Peter this morning. He just didn’t catch on. What did Peter have that God would choose him even after he denied Him 3 times. Peter spoke before he thought. That can be irritating. Acts and then thinks. Always says the wrong thing. But God chose Peter. God chooses dummies. That’s why He chose me!

So, what did Peter have? He wasn’t afraid or ashamed to fail. Many are petrified of it. There’s no disgrace in failing. Am I honest? Do I have integrity? No one believes in the truth today. No one wants to hear it. But Peter was willing to do what most would find ridiculous. Out of obedience to God. Peter was obedient. Simple, honest – obedient. He threw the net. And Jesus filled it with fish. Peter didn’t even recognize the Lord. It was John who said, “It’s the Lord.” Because when you love God, you recognize Him. John loved the Lord. But poor Peter. He couldn’t get anything right. Peter wraps his cloak around himself and then jumps into the water. When Peter realized it was Jesus, he RAN to Him. He accepted God’s forgiveness. He didn’t doubt for a second that he was forgiven. He was sorry. He knew that God forgives and forgets. God teaches us how to forgive by giving example. He showed us that it’s our enemies who teach us to forgive. We learn by our sins. Or not. We’re to forgive and then serve as Jesus served. Most of us would have been unable to face Jesus in that boat.

Dear disciples, many will not listen to one such as Peter, one such as you. You’ll be mocked for your obedience and willingness. Eyes will roll. Peter said yes. That’s all God asks of us.

Always keep this in mind: Don’t harbor hatred. Believe in God’s way: simplicity, humility, trust. Be attuned to God’s will. Be obedient, say yes. It’s not easy sometimes, but we can get up and begin again like St. Peter. The greatest gift we can give to God is to accept His mercy, which is infinite. Blessings!

e.

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