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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 18, 2019

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FRIDAY, January 18     Confession of Saint Peter

Matthew 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Today the church remembers the confession of Peter—a brilliant moment for this salty sailor who messed up several other times in his life with Jesus.

Peter is sometimes inappropriately enthusiastic. Peter is so sure he can follow Jesus anywhere, but he fails as soon as Jesus is arrested, and then he becomes full of despair. Even after seeing the risen Christ, Peter seems to be lost and takes his friends fishing rather than getting busy on a gospel-spreading mission.

Oh, Peter, many times I have related to you with my own regrettable words and actions. But Peter’s experience also brings me hope. Over and over, Jesus comes to Peter to reassure him of his place in the community and among the disciples. This affirmation no doubt emboldens Peter to fulfill his destiny for the kingdom. May it be the same for me—and for all of us.

MOVING FORWARD: Do a little Internet sleuthing about Saint Peter. See what new tidbits you might learn about him!

PRAY for the Diocese of Liverpool (England)

Today the Church remembers The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle.

Ps 23 | Acts 4:8-13 | 1 Peter 5:1-4 | Matthew 16:13-19

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