Spirituality, Liturgy and the Tao of Inner Peace
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. Romans 7:15-16
Have you ever made a mistake? You know really messed up? Sometimes it doesn’t even make sense to you…you know what to do, but somehow there’s this seemingly uncontrollable pull to do the thing you know you should not. I have been thinking a lot about this in the past few days, how we all fall short. There is none without sin, no not one. We have all had to face that, at one time or anther, in our lives. I think at first in our self-pity and wallowing we can be blind to anything but our immediate pain. Questions like: How could I? or I knew better? consuming our minds. In this state we often think ourselves alone in our failure or unbefitting our peers or worse our mentors or heroes.
Truth is no one is without failures, no not one. In our faith we find plenty of examples, one that comes to mind is St. Peter, I love Peter, he had a great spirit and an exuberance for the faith. We are told in the book of Mark that Peter is the first to proclaim that Jesus, is in fact The Son of God. Jesus warns Peter that soon he will deny Him not once, not twice but three times. I feel quite sure Peter, just like we have each said through-out our lives, no way! It seems sometimes the more confidently we proclaim our disdain or are absolutely sure that we will NOT do something, we do that very thing. Poor Peter is much the same, he finds himself denying the Christ as the cock crows the third time, what a horrible realization I must imagine as he realizes what’s just happened. How could he? He was even warned?? It’s easy to take shots at Peter, but for myself, am so very grateful for Peter, and David and many of the other saints who fell from grace. It lets me know that it’s okay to fall, it’s okay to mess up. Jesus says of Peter you are the rock on which I will build my church, and he did, even though Peter messed up, and not just once. Our faith, our world, needs broken people, broken people like Peter, like me, and like you! We need more of us who say “wow I messed up” and less perfect “images” no one can ever attain. We were never called to be perfect, we were called to forgive (even ourselves), to Love, and to keep running the race set before us.
If you do nothing else today watch this short, just under 11 min video, Rob Bell does a great job of explaining how we can never separate ourselves from God’s Love…no matter how many “Oops” we have.
So if you find yourself in an “Oops I did it again” chin up! You are in the company of some of the worlds greatest Saints. God isn’t finished with me or you yet.
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