From Inside the Collar
I'll have an entendre: make it a double.
Renaming is a frequent occurrence when a person is met by God and given a new life and new identity. When Simon encounters Jesus, Jesus renames him Peter. The word from which we get Peter is Cephas which also means rock. "Upon this rock I will build my church." And Peter as you might remember is also the one who causes more than a bit of trouble: at one point he is the one to whom Jesus says, "Get behind me Satan". Peter is the one who denies Jesus, not once but three times. And, Peter is the one who is so excited upon seeing the risen Christ that he jumps in the water with all his clothes on to come and meet him! Peter has an immediate, enthusiastic faith and intends to keep his strong promises. He is also the one who fails to understand, repeatedly. Yet, Peter perseveres! Peter does not let failure impede him in any way. When Jesus calls him Cephas, Jesus is also saying he is dumb as a rock, he is a brick, he is a little dense, and his fickle heart and feeble faith are the building blocks with which we must all begin. Jesus sees both aspects of Peter, and loves him anyway. He calls the least likely to be his foundation. And Jesus does it with a bit of humor. God has a sense of humor!
Loaves & Fishes RI
Welcome to our new year of serving the men at the Emmanuel House Shelter.
We have a new name, but our ministry remains the same.
The men are so appreciative of the contributions, prayers and love delivered
to them from St. Paul's. This ministry is a blessing to all of us.