Father's explanation of the Gospel reading today struck home big time. I so often wonder how I can be so bad and yet feel God pull me toward writing for the good or working in His name. You know, like how I can pull close in traffic so someone who has obviously seen the "lane closed" sign just like the rest of us cannot get way up at the front of the line, while I am praying the second Joyful Mystery. Or, kneel in the Chapel and wonder when the lady down front is going to take out her crying child. Or, buy some saints medals to bring home from a beautiful grotto visit and express to others that the clerk who waited on me was cranky. (Be careful. As my mother would say, what goes around comes around.)
Today, when asked by Jesus, "Who do you say that I am?", we hear Peter say, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And in return, Peter is made head of the church and given the keys of the Kingdom. Later, we hear Jesus tell of his upcoming suffering and death and Peter reacts instantly saying that he would never let something like that happen and Jesus responds, "You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do." Peter is seen here as both thinking in the ways of the Divine and the human. And, he is still made the head of the church on earth. He is still given the keys. God still loves him, trusts him and empowers him and so He does us.
God knows we are not perfect. He knows we share both the sides of the human and the divine. He simply wants us to work more toward the Divine. He wants us to strive. He wants us to pray and He wants us to ask for the grace to do better every day. In the midst of this crazy world, ask for the grace.