Can Sinners Succeed?

In today’s readings from our Liturgy we’re reminded of how many souls–3,000–that were won by the preaching of Peter on the Day of Pentecost.

Peter might be the Apostle I identify with most.

Not because of his boldness, but because of his many failures.

In one of the Gospels, just seconds after Jesus praises Him, He then tells Peter–get behind me Satan.

Like many husbands seeking praise from their wives, mine only lasts until I leave a sink full of dishes for her to cleanup–that’s Truth all husbands can relate to.

Speaking of women, I imagine the female character in the Bible who they can relate to best is Mary Magdalene.

Not because of her sordid past, but because of her hope for a better life through Christ.

In today’s Gospel reading from John 20, we see her intercept Jesus on His way back to the Father, just moments after He rose from the dead.

Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.'”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her.

Mary is not afraid to tell the Disciples what she saw, because she was so close to Christ she actually held Him.

In Acts 2 here’s what Peter says.

On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,
“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Just a short time before Peter makes this announcement, he denied knowing Christ three times.

Our enemy is trying desperately to get all of us to focus on our failures, so that we feel too ashamed to speak about Christ.

When we allow the Evil One to have that victory there could be thousands who don’t hear Truth or learn of resurrection-like miracles because we’re obeying the wrong Master.

Don’t let that be you.

Shake off your past, embrace Christ and tell the world about Him.

You’ll be amazed at how quickly your enemy will surrender to your Faith.


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