Novena to Divine Mercy: Today bring to Me the souls who are detained in purgatory and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy.
Jn 21:1-14 When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples DID NOT realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered Him, “No.” So He said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter HEARD that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea.
Acts 4:1-12 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, ANSWERED them, “Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in His name this man stands before you healed. He is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”
These are the SAME PETER. The SAME PETER who walked with Jesus. The SAME PETER who climbed out of the boat, in faith, then sank. The SAME PETER who denied Jesus 3 times. The SAME PETER who did not recognize Jesus. The SAME PETER who boldly stood before the Jewish leaders and elders, and the SAME PETER who was our first pope.
We all sink. We all deny Jesus, through our sin. We all are given opportunities to boldly proclaim that salvation is only through Jesus. So, let us take a lesson from Peter. When we fall, we must get back up. When we sin, we must repent. When the opportunity is placed before us, we must trust in the Holy Spirit and proclaim the Truth.
Jesus Christ is risen, ALLELUIA