Thursday, June 8, 2023, 4:05 PM
Lay Rector: Shannon Berley (St. Francis of Assisi, Chapin)
Observing Lay Rector: Mary Ellen Haile (Trinity Cathedral, Columbia)
Cursillo #146 Weekend Dedication
Cursillo #146 is dedicated to the disciple, Simon Peter. Peter and his brother, Andrew, were the first two disciples to follow Jesus. They were fisherman when Jesus called them to follow Him. They were in awe of Jesus and He taught them to become “fishers of men.” We all are called to be fishers of men and spread the word and love of Jesus to others. However, this is not always easy and Jesus knows this. He knows it will be hard and full of challenges.
To put into perspective how important Peter is, think about how often he is mentioned in the gospel. As stated in the book, Simon Peter, by Adam Hamilton, “In nearly every episode of Jesus’ life and ministry, Peter is somewhere nearby. The other disciples are mentioned 3 to 20 times in the gospel. Simon Peter, is mentioned by name over 120 times
Peter can be described as flawed and a doubter. He makes many mistakes. He is known for denying Jesus 3 times, yet he is also known for his loyalty and love for Jesus. Peter is also strong, confident, enthusiastic, disappointed, impulsive, weak, sad, full of joy and excitement, and eager to learn. He seems to be all things and emotions that are human. He keeps his promise to share his story and spread the gospel after Jesus’ death. Peter allows us to relate to him fully as human beings, while loving and following Christ, just as he did.
When Jesus walked on water, Peter asked for him to help him do the same. Peter knew he could do it with God’s help, but not alone. This is another important lesson that God wants all of us to know. We are never alone and can do all things though Christ.
Christ gave the nickname of “Rock” to Peter and states Peter will be the rock upon which the church will be built. We, as the laity and people, are the church. We are the foundation and rocks that Christianity is built upon. We are Peter.
Christ desires a relationship with us and loves us, despite our flaws. Just as He loved Peter. Peter helps to show human beings that we are not perfect. Jesus knows that Peter is flawed and will deny Him, yet he chose him to be a disciple. Peter is forgiven by Jesus before he even commits his betrayal. This incident shows us that Jesus loves us no matter what and wants to forgive us always. He knows we will fail at times and is prepared for it to happen. We will fail Jesus and we will fail one another. It’s important to remember that we are never alone in our battles and failures and that we are always loved unconditionally. We are worthy of Christ’s love. Your history, your trials, your mistakes, and your accomplishments do not matter. Jesus knows you. Jesus loves you. This makes us all capable of an intimate relationship with Christ that is so important to all of us and our lives. Connecting and identifying with Christ is where we will find the ultimate, unconditional love that we all long for.
My prayer for this Cursillo weekend and in the future is for us to always have an intimate relationship with Christ, never doubting our worth, that we are loved, and that we can spread that love of Christ to others.
Shannon Berley, Lay Rector, EDUSC Cursillo #146