Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we have a sure hope and the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away, because it is being kept for you in the heavens. Through your faith, God’s power will guard you until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the end of time.
This is a cause of great joy for you, even though you may for a short time have to bear being plagued by all sorts of trials; so that, when Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will have been tested and proved like gold – only it is more precious than gold, which is corruptible even though it bears testing by fire – and then you will have praise and glory and honour. You did not see him, yet you love him; and still without seeing him, you are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described, because you believe; and you are sure of the end to which your faith looks forward, that is, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9
The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, comes to us from Peter.
Like Thomas in the Gospel heard this Sunday also, Peter comes to us as one who has failed to understand, and to believe. Worse still – much worse – he who confessed Jesus to be the Christ then betrayed his friendship and love.
Peter’s faith was not tested and proved in fire like gold but refined in fire, purified.
And not by his own efforts but by the persistence of the loving God.
However painful for Peter that was, how well his example – and his teaching – serves us as we face our weaknesses and failures in life, in faith.
- Where are you invited to let go of something that holds you back from a fuller adherence to Jesus and his love?
St Peter. In the collection of the Courtauld Gallery, London. (c) 2007, Allen Morris