Many thoughts go through my mind and heart as I hear the Passion of our Lord. One phrase that calls me, again and again, is "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." These words are spoken to Peter but they are spoken to me. I am Peter- bursting with enthusiasm, bragging of my faithfulness: "Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be." Mt 26:33. Then a few moments later, I'm falling asleep, I'm denying that I've ever known Jesus the Christ.
My excuses are smaller than St. Peter's. No one threatens me with death, just discomfort or curious looks, yet I still deny Jesus by my words and actions. And like Peter I have wept bitterly when I realize my sins.
Why is this permitted? Why is it that the first Pope, the Rock foundation of our Church should deny Jesus? Why do I struggle with sin?
To remind us that the Church of Jesus Christ, our Catholic faith, is founded on His mercy, His forgiveness, not our efforts. Peter, the first Pope, was also the first penitent after the Resurrection. Jesus asks him three times, "Simon Peter do you love me?" Three questions of love for three denials.
I look forward to the chance for a good confession this week. To examine my life in the light of Jesus Christ and here His mercy and forgiveness- won for me by His cross. Take advantage of the Sacrament of Confession, receive the mercy won for us all by the Passion of Jesus Christ.
"We adore You, O Christ and we praise You, for by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world."