Hold on one day more

Sometimes, when we sin or commit a grave mistake, we think that giving up is the only option. But, Jesus tells us to hold on — one day more, then another, then another. He tells us to trust in His mercy and forgiveness and to believe in His unfathomable love for us.

Have you ever denied Jesus?

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus predicts the denial of Peter:

“Jesus answered [Peter], ‘Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.’” — John 13:38

Jesus’ prediction would later on prove true. Yet, in spite of this, Peter would become our first Pope.

The Gospel teaches us that sin does not have to end in sin. Every time we sin, we deny God. We betray Him. We hurt Him. But, Jesus teaches us that giving up is not the only option whenever we fall short.

I read an article comparing the denial of Peter with the betrayal of Judas. Like Judas, Peter committed a grave offense against Jesus. Yet, Peter still became our first Pope.

What’s the difference between Peter and Judas?

Judas gave up, Peter didn’t.

After his betrayal of Jesus, Judas regretted what he did. But, Judas lost hope and gave up. He did not live to see the resurrected Jesus, who probably would have told Judas, “I forgive you.”

On the other hand, Peter also regretted what he did. He felt ashamed and miserable. But, he held on — probably a day or two longer than Judas did. Not only was he able to see Jesus after His resurrection, Jesus also gave Peter the keys to His kingdom.

Sometimes, when we sin or commit a grave mistake, we think that giving up is the only option. But, Jesus tells us to hold on — one day more, then another, then another. He tells us to trust in His mercy and forgiveness and to believe in His unfathomable love for us.

If we hold on just long enough, we will witness God’s amazing plan for us like how the disciples held on and witnessed the resurrected Jesus.

Are you on the verge of giving up?

Hold on — one day more, then another.


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