No matter how much we love God and know that He loves us, there are still times when we feel fearful and afraid.
“[The other disciple whom Jesus loved] bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in [the tomb]. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb… Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.” — John 20:5-6, 8
Maybe John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, also felt afraid to go into Jesus’ tomb alone. It was only after Peter entered the tomb that John was also able to do so.
Today, the Gospel teaches us that it is okay to ask for help. To ask for a Peter in our lives who will go before us, accompany us, and encourage us to go inside the tomb, to go deeper into our faith, to press on in our faith journey.
At the same time, the Gospel teaches to be Peter to others who are afraid. And maybe they would turn out to be Johns who will see and believe.
The beauty of the Catholic church is that it teaches us that we are not meant to journey alone.
“Christ provides for our growth: to make us grow toward him, our head, he provides in his Body, the Church, the gifts and assistance by which we help one another along the way of salvation.” — Catechism of the Catholic Church Paragraph No. 794
We journey with His Church, His people, our true brothers and sisters from the same Father in heaven.
Today, let us ask God to send Peters in our lives. Let us also ask Him for opportunities to be Peter to others, especially to those who are afraid.
For we are meant to journey together.
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