Growing Up to Become Small

Peter said to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.”
Mark 10:28

How do you become a Peter when you grow up? Willing to give up family, friends and your business and follow Jesus?

Sirach 35: 1-12 offers a snapshot of the lifestyle that turned a man into a saint:

  1. Peter kept the law  which “was a great oblation, and a peace offering”.
  2. Peter also performed acts of charity and gave alms as his sacrifice of praise.
  3. Peter refrained from evil and pleased the LORD,  and avoided injustice obtaining an atonement.
  4. Peter never appeared before the LORD empty-handed.  Because he was just his offering enriched the altar.  God never forgot his sacrifice.
  5. Peter was generous  not sparing of freewill gifts.   

Stay small  and practice being last. 

Sirach concludes: “For the LORD is one who always repays,  and he will give back to you sevenfold.  For he is a God of justice, who knows no favorites.”

After years of practicing his faith, God “gathered His faithful ones who had fulfilled their vows before God (cf. Psalm 50) and showed Peter and the apostles the saving power of God.

How do you become Peter when you grow up?  Stay small  and practice being last.

” Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;  you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. (Matthew 11:25)

“But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.” (Mark 10:31)
 

Author: gbradepp

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