BY MADDIE LAFORGE | August 24, 2020
Sunday’s Readings

     In the gospel, we encounter our friend, Peter. We get to really see Peter, with and through Jesus’ eyes. More often, I see Peter through my own eyes. I love walking through the gospel stories with Peter because I feel like I can relate to him. He is constantly putting his foot in his mouth: messing up, doubting, denying, falling, failing… and trying again. Peter lets me know that I too, with all my imperfections and insecurities, am a disciple. I too can follow Jesus… even when it feels like I’m walking on shaky ground.  

These moments: The earthshaking, groundbreaking
     When the world feels turned upside-down,
          I don’t know how to put it right.

These moments: The wobbly, off-kilter.
     When there are too many moving parts,
          I don’t know how to slow it down.

In these moments, I cry out to God.
     Then God takes hold of my right hand.
          I know there is a great divine spirit with and in me.

here and now

     Yesterday’s gospel reveals one of these moments. The early church was all moving parts, constantly being shaken up. Feel the uneasiness and confusion. Sense the tension and upheaval surrounding the disciples. In this moment, Peter finally answers the question right. But this scene is more than a teacher quizzing his student.

In this moment, Peter really sees Jesus.
     When society doubted and rejected,
          Peter listened to the spirit within.

In this moment, Jesus really knows Peter.
     When Peter was shaken and remained steadfast,
          Jesus called him blessed.

This moment: The love, kindness.
     There two friends met.
          They knew God’s presence. 

     Upon that rock, we build the Church. Fixed like a peg in a sure spot, the Kingdom of Heaven resides here and now. God is bound up with and within us. And so, we courageously let ourselves be shaken and let ourselves be steadfast. Our lives are bound up with God. And so, we let the Holy Spirit alive in us move and have her being.

Here and now, love and kindness endure forever.

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    Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    Challenge and counter-challenge renew the face of heaven and earth. Mobility is a gift and a blessing. It’s a privilege to inhabit earth and heaven.

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    Cathe Shoulberg, RSM says:

    Wow! Loved this reflection! I to can easily relate to Peter – this Gospel was so affirming that its okay to be a screw up – God trusts us, maybe even needs us and certainly embraces and loves us!
    Thank you!

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