November 14, 2018
Dear Family of Mary!
“…Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you…” (November 2, 2018)
Here is one of Our Lady’s children who witnessed to the truth without fear, but with enthusiasm, works, love, sacrifice and humility! We do well to listen to his witness:
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day; but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
And it shall be that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know – this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. But God raised him up, having loosed the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him,
thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.’
“Brethren, I may say to you confidently of the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne, he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens; but he himself says, `The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet.’
Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:14-41)
St. Peter learned from experience that Jesus was the Christ. He followed Jesus for three years, made all kinds of blunders and mistakes in His presence, finally denied that he even knew Jesus, and ran away when Jesus was being tortured and crucified. And yet, through it all, the love of Jesus was at work in Peter’s heart, and Jesus raised up Peter to lead the Church in the great evangelization.
We need to have great hearts like Peter. We need to just keep going, through our humiliations, our failures, our denials, and our great resurrections in the forgiveness of Christ, to become witnesses like Peter, those who know Jesus and cannot deny Him anymore.
Thank you, dearest Mother, for being our teacher and guide as you were for Peter. Bring us to your upper room, where you can teach us to pray and believe as you taught St. Peter, and then help us to witness the truth, that Jesus Christ is Lord!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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