Today is a blessed day…the 18th birthday of my youngest son – Anthony James. Tony is a wonderful soul whose opinion about life is known to all around him. Although he is only 18, he seems much older because “the filter” we all are born with that wears out over time (usually around the age of 50) wore out with Tony at birth. Fond memory of Tony being told by the principal of the school that Tony needed to settle down and just eat his lunch quietly. His reply – “You’re not my teacher – I don’t have to listen to you.” When was this you ask? This year – nope. 8th grade – nope. Kindergarten…it’s been an experience. If Tony is one thing – he is honest and if you ask his opinion, you will get it – unfiltered and unapologetic. Although we may clash at times and disagree on topics of discussion, I love Tony very much and thank God (every other day) for this blessing.
Happy 18th Birthday Tony.
Now, just a few thoughts for reflection today…
I attended Stations again last night (not a large crowd – myself, Claudia and Deacon Preiss). It was still a beautiful experience. Woke up this morning with this thought…the last 14 days leading up to Holy Week (March 11 thru March 24), I am going to post one station on this feed for us to contemplate each day. These are a beautiful devotion that I’m glad I’ve started participating in again this year.
In the scripture passage from today’s “little black book”…
Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” 30“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” 31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this scripture passage in my life and thought how the heck could Peter do this? But thinking about this passage again this morning, I now ask myself, how many times have I denied Christ? I’m drawn to the Confidier, the prayer where we confess that through my thoughts, through my words, in what I have done and what I have failed to do…it is in those simple actions that I deny Christ. It’s a sobering thought – I haven’t denied Christ 3 times, I’ve denied Christ numerous times. But there is another thought I have to contemplate – Christ chose to build his Church on The Rock – St. Peter, the man who denied Christ 3 times. If Christ chose to do this with Peter, He can also chose to do this with me. Christ forgave Peter and look at what Peter became…Peter didn’t dwell on his past sins, he accepted God’s forgiveness, became the leader of the Church on earth and gave his life in thanksgiving for that forgiveness. I – WE – can do the same. It doesn’t matter how lax we’ve become, it doesn’t matter how much we’ve sinned. We can find the confessional, confess your sins, ACCEPT God’s forgiveness and get out there and build his kingdom. Make everything you do today for the greater glory of God.
- Your will, not mine, be done
- Be not afraid.
- Jesus, I trust in you.