Song du Jour

Song du Jour

Benedictine Thoughts, Teachings, and Prayers

DENIAL

February 18, 2013

Mark 14:27-52 (New Living Translation)

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

27 On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,

‘God will strike the Shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’

28 But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”

29 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”

1 Corinthians 10:12 (Amplified Bible)

Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin].

30 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.

 

Lent 2013 can be a wonderful opportunity to really take a look at yourself as you really are and how God sees you:

 

Mirror, mirror, on the wall;

who loves me most of all?

It is God who loves me through and through;

my honesty with God will prove me true.

 

After sixty Lents in my lifetime, I have come to realize that it not so much about the acts that we do on the outside as much as it is how our heart changes on the inside. Deeds are important but it is our interiority that brings us closer to God.

 

In 1999, I went to Israel on a “Familiarization Tour” with Choir Directors and we ventured into the town where Peter, the apostle, grew up called Bethsaida which means house of fishing. They had a little shop where you could buy mementos. I wanted something simple so I found a little wooden rooster that I could wear every Holy Thursday to remind myself of Peter denying Christ. I always felt sorry for Peter because he was only human and he didn’t realize just how big his responsibility was to Jesus. He let Jesus down again in the Garden of Gethsemane when he fell asleep and Jesus needed moral support but Peter fell short again. Jesus knew Peter’s weaknesses but saw Peter as a rock and entrusted the keys of the Kingdom to him to build his church with believers. By Peter denying Christ, it made Peter’s faith even stronger.

 

Where do we stand this Lent? How can this year be different than any of the other Lents? I believe that it is to be as honest with ourselves as possible. It reminds me of the story of St. Padre Pio listening to confessions in Italy. A woman came to him to tell him her confession. Padre Pio kept asking her: “What else do you have to tell me?” She told Padre Pio that she had told him everything. He sent her home until she could be perfectly honest with him. There are sins of omission. We don’t have to have any of those sins if we are straight forward from the beginning. God sees everything and knows all of our thoughts even before we have them. This is human. But our responsibility back to God is to reveal back to him, with tears, all of our weaknesses. It is then that God can embrace us and we Him.

 

When Jesus tells us that sick people need a physician…we are the people he is talking about. He is our family physician who can listen when we speak; can heal all of our brokenness; can nurse us back to health but we have to go to him so that this Easter, we will be illumined just as bright as the Vigil candle.

It is our hearts that God wants. This is the time to show our love for all that has been given to us.

 

“Yet even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the Lord, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.”
(Joel 2:12-13)

 

My Song du jour:

Another Papal Hymn of St. Peter

Saint Peter lives!

The gatekeeper of heaven,

Once young and

free, once bound for crucifixion,

Now crowned in

splendor, prince among the elders.

Pray for your

people.

Saint Peter lives!

The binding and the loosing,

Bridging the

earth unto the highest heavens,

Servant of servants,

bishop of that city

Where Peter

witnessed.

Hell shall not win. The Church will stand forever.

“Peter, I prayed

that your faith will not fail you.

And when the time

comes, and you have converted,

Strengthen your

brethren.”

All those who

give up riches and possessions,

They shall

inherit, in that endless Kingdom,

And in the

present, many times the blessings

With persecution.

Praise to the

Father who sent us Christ Jesus.

Praise to the

Son, who came as the Messiah.

Praise to the

Spirit, Guardian of the teaching,

Trinity blessed.

 

 “That in all things God may be glorified”

 

Sr. Jo-El McLaughlin, OSB

 

 

 

ART: taken from bing.com/images

Hymn: taken from http://www.dfwcatholic.org/

 

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