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A Tragedy or a Blessing?
Years ago in Scotland, the Clark family had a dream. Clark and his wife worked and saved, making plans for their nine children and themselves to travel to the United States. It had taken years, but they had finally saved enough money and had gotten passports and reservations for the whole family on a new liner to the United States.
The entire family was filled with anticipation and excitement about their new life. However, seven days before their departure, the youngest son was bitten by a dog. The doctor sewed up the boy but hung a yellow sheet on the Clarks' front door. Because of the possibility of rabies, they were being quarantined for fourteen days.
The family's dreams were dashed. They would not be able to make the trip to America as they had planned. The father, filled with disappointment and anger, stomped to the dock to watch the ship leave - without the Clark family. The father shed tears of disappointment and cursed both his son and God for their misfortune.
Five days later, the tragic news spread throughout Scotland - the mighty Tittanic had sunk. The unsinkable ship had sunk, taking hundreds of lives with it. The Clark family was to have been on that ship, but because the son had been bitten by a dog, they were left behind in Scotland.
When Mr. Clark heard the news, he hugged his son and thanked him for saving the family. He thanked God for saving their lives and turning what he had felt was a tragedy into a blessing.
today, Holy Mother, the Church..invites our attention to two persons: St Peter and St Paul…
… who faced failures, disappointments and tragedies…
>> But remarkably, through the Divine Plan, their lives were scripted to a classic story….!
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the two Great Saints of the Church – St Peter and St Paul.
St Peter was overwhelmed by the Great Fishermen of Hearts!
>> All through his life, we see St Peter, varying between many emotions – over-zealous, impatient, bold, courageous, simple, daring etc
St Paul was overpowered by the tremendous power of the Risen Lord!
>> All through his life, we see St Paul, displaying many characteristics – zealous and passionate, fervent and ardent, bold and courageous.
God, the Great Script writer, knew exactly well, these two personalities!
Their life is a paradox.
>> Both had their moments of rejecting, persecuting, betraying and doubting the Lord…
>> Both had their moments of a “turning point”…
… St Peter’s call to be a Fisher of People & the Lord once again accepting him, in love, after Resurrection
… St Paul on his way to Damascus, being prevailed over by the Majestic Power of the Risen Lord!
>> Both had their moments of being misunderstood and facing tough moments from the people, especially, the close people, with whom, they lived with, and to whom they ministered.
>> Both had their moments of sharing in the Cross of Christ, in His Chalice of Suffering and in the Baptism of a Holy Death!
Today, both are honoured & venerated as Stalwarts of our Faith & the Pillars of the Church.
>> Peter had been Simon; Paul had been Saul.
>> Peter was the fisherman, the small-town Galilean Jew; Paul was the Pharisee, the scholar of the Law.
>> Peter was conscious of the Faith’s Old Testament roots; Paul had found in Christ, “all things new.”
>> Peter had lived and walked with Jesus; Paul had encountered the Risen Jesus.
>> Peter was crucified on an inverted Cross; Paul was martyred by the Sword.
Two very different persons… Two different temperaments.
>> But ONE in their Zeal, Passion, Love, Mission, Enthusiasm, Fervour…All for the Lord!
These saints have much to teach us…and much to be imitated…!
Is the story of our life, suffering from a bad-script, at the moment?
>> There is Hope….in the Lord!
Are there areas in our life, where there is persecution?
>> There is Salvation…in the Lord!
Are there moments in our life when we feel betrayed or cheated?
>> There is Love…in the Lord!
Are there situations of rejection and loneliness in our life?
>> There is Acceptance…in the Lord!
Are there times of doubt or tears or pain in the depth of our heart?
>> There is Healing…in the Lord!
The Lord, the Mighty Rock..promised and declared St Peter to be the Rock!
>> The Lord, the Good News…promised and declared St Paul to be the Evangelizer!
Today He invites us to imitate & follow the example of these Humble yet Great Saints of the Church.
Like St Peter, may we grow in faith, to declare, “Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Mt 16:16)
>> Like St Paul, may we advance in holiness, to declare, “I now no longer live; Christ lives in me!” (Gal 2:20)
Let us grow in Obedience, in Love and in Dependence….like St Peter
>> Let us grow in Passion, in Courage and in Openness….like St Paul!
Let us entrust our lives into the hands of God, the Great and Amazing Script-Writer…
… The One Who can draw straight, with crooked lines!
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