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double pilgrimage
August 19, 2014, 5:38 pm
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I’m enjoying reading James Martin’s Jesus: A Pilgrimage.  It is very readable, exploring what we know about Jesus via a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Current events in Israel and Gaza make this very poignant.  Here, Martin meditates on the miraculous catch of fish in Luke 5:1-11:

Jesus ultimately may have called Peter to lead the church because Peter was painfully conscious of his own weakness.  He would never forget how far he fell, how much he failed – and so he would remember to rely on God’s strength not his own.  How many of us must learn, sometimes multiple times,to acknowledge our weakness and to trust in God.

As Jesus stood on Lake Gennesaret, he may have guessed that Peter was not only bold, persistent and courageous; he was also weak enough to be a good leader…

The initial enthusiastic response on the shore of Galilee draws us into a human tension between fidelity and failure, which will be repeated over and over as the disciples’ pilgrimage unfolds.

It is our pilgrimage too.  In belonging to a church, we sometimes feel unworthy of membership.  We also feel, at times, that the church is unworthy of the one who founded it.  We walk both a pilgrimage of power in the light of the Resurrection and a pilgrimage of powerlessness in the face of sin.  We have the benefit of knowing all this now.  Peter did not.  He said yes to Jesus with utter trust, having seen what Jesus could do.  But he could not have known to what shores his yes would take him.

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