Both Peter and Mary Magdalene reveal how Christ’s resurrection transforms our human weakness and empowers us for service in the world. We, too, are called to receive the grace of Easter into our hearts as the Lord takes the gift of our lives and equips us to proclaim the Good News.
We discover in the Gospel of John of the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter. This is a dark hour in the history of our salvation, and it underscores the consequences of our actions and our reliance on God’s infinite grace.
Jesus reminds Peter in the Gospel of John to focus on his own particular path and not worry about anyone else. It’s a good lesson for us all as we concentrate our effort to carry out the unique tasks that each of us has received from the Lord.
In the heart of the Last Supper we see two clear examples of human weakness. Both Judas and Peter will betray Jesus, and their examples offer us two different responses to sin. Which option will we choose?
Peter, James and John had a profound experience on the mountain, and Abraham encountered an angel in his test of faith. Both experiences were graces that came at different points of their journey through life. As we follow the Lord through the regular practice of our faith may we take to heart any special graces we receive as gifts from God to continue on our path.
Andrew and another disciple respond to the invitation of Jesus to “come and see.” Their day with Jesus will change their lives forever as they invite others to encounter the Lord as well. May we do the same!
The Lord calls Peter, Andrew, James and John by name to carry out a specific task: invite others to follow Jesus Christ. This work continues today, and our invitation is to consider how the Lord calls us to invite others to follow as well.