“Master to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” These are the words of Peter in today’s Gospel. Later he says, “We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” Wow!!! Peter and the other apostles have the gift of faith.
In todays’ world, most of us are beset with issues of work, money, family, spouses, siblings, etc. The News certainly is no help in lifting our spirits or helping us with our problems. But if you are reading this then you have undoubtedly been given the gift of faith. But how often do each of us buy into the devil’s lies and give in to depression? The devil is the great naysayer. He wants us to despair. But when you place your hope and trust in The Lord, you are lifted up. Just as Peter leaves the boat to walk on the water to reach Jesus and has a moment of doubt and begins to sink; that is when Jesus shows us His love by stretching out His hand.
I have been given the great gift of helping many in need through Father Bob’s Outreach. Often I help those who need assistance in the death of a loved one. Losing a loved one is one of life’s greatest challenges. It can be like taking a punch to the stomach and another to the head. You lose your breath and your brain doesn’t want to function. There is a hollow in the pit of your stomach, a great loss in your heart and you can’t stop crying. But nevertheless I have seen many good people of faith realize that their loved one is going to that Eternal Life with God. For each of us, it is a stabilizing force because through faith, we KNOW the Father. We KNOW the Son. We KNOW the Spirit. Like Peter, we KNOW Jesus is the Holy One of God. And in KNOWING Jesus we KNOW Trinity.
We are like the branches of a tree caught in a windstorm. We are tossed and blown from one side to the other and just when we begin to truly fear for our life or our future; we look down and see that we are attached to a very large trunk that will always hold on to us. That is our Faith. That is our God. “Master to whom shall we go? You have the words of Eternal Life.”