St. Peter is often depicted as a simple-minded man who acted out of pure emotion.
But the fisherman’s first statement to Christ reveals something else.
After the Lord Jesus brought in a miraculous catch of fish, St. Peter fell to his knees and cried, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”
These are not the words of a shallow individual. Peter could have said, “Yippee! We are going to make a lot of money today. I like your style, teacher.”
Instead, he reacted to a miracle the way a pious, prayerful man would. He reacted like someone who knew his religion well, like someone who prayed regularly.
…It is not surprising, then, that St. Peter also wrote a Christian Diasporabrief, like St. James the Less.
Unlike St. James, St. Peter specified his audience somewhat, addressing the dispersed tribes in Asia Minor.
And, unlike St. James, St. Peter did not write from Jerusalem.
Instead, he wrote from “Babylon,” which is how the Apostle referred to Rome. Babylon, of course, was the site of the exile of the Jews in the sixth-century B.C. It was the perfect metaphor to use in a letter to exiles, written by an exile.
May all of us exiles find our way home to the heavenly Jerusalem when everything is said and done.
…Everyone is raving about this new priestly vocations video:
Forgive me for being a curmudgeon. This video doesn’t do much for me. The music is too melodramatic.
Thoughts on the video? Are the Redskins going to be any good this year?