The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.--Psalm 23:1
Mass readings: 1 Peter 5:1-4 / Matthew 16:13-19
Peter, fallible, emotional, unpredictable, who could have imagined a cornerstone, a rock such as this? How can someone with faults such as these accomplish so much? The strengths of his character, the sheer personality of this man must have been formidable indeed. When we need to build something, we start with an item that is near perfection. For a foundation, Jesus selected Peter, one whose weakness may have only strengthened the task ahead. Our Lord saw the power of the man.
Throughout these meditations, I have written about my weaknesses, but I haven't discussed the strengths of surviving with illness. As uncomfortable as I am, there is progress. Working two part-time jobs, and living in a circle of caring family and friends, there are moments of clarity, a stronger belief system, greater discipleship, and more love.
Prayer: Let me focus on the strengths of others, Lord, and not their faults.