Father Peter testified today that the name he took when he was ordained into the ministry of Christ was largely because he could identify with this well-known saint, Peter. When you step out of the boat, like Peter did, in today's gospel reading, you do so with nothing but your heart, which directs your action. You respond to the call because you trust.
Strangely, because of my sir name, which means "little Peter," I feel a great attachment to St. Peter, in many ways.
St. Peter served the church of Christ, answering the call to "feed My sheep." Today, father talked about getting out of the boat, as Peter did during a horrific storm to walk toward Jesus.
There is no greater privilege than to serve Christ in His church. Answering the call means that in the darkest of times, such as the world today, it will take courage to step out from your comfort zone and go forward, no matter what travail exists around you.
We are like children, taking our first step in faith. Jesus will direct your every step because He knows we are lacking courage, "all of us." I've always had a fear of water, darkness, and storms. We are not alone in these things and maybe we always will be afraid of the unknown.
But there is no one anywhere that offers us safety through any storm or that stands ready to catch us when we fall, awaiting our circumstance, anytime , anywhere than Jesus. He will sustain us both now and for all eternity.
Listen for His voice, "He says Come!"
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