If there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to be called by God, it’s Peter. And Paul! Their lives were turned upside down when Jesus first summoned them to follow him; they left everything and never looked back. On this upcoming feast of Saints Peter and Paul, we give thanks for the larger-than-life vocations of these two pillars of the universal church.
It can safely be said that without Peter or Paul, there would be no church, no Pauline or Petrine epistles, no apostolic tradition. How much was built on the frailty of mere men! And yet, these men knew full well that it is “not I, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20), and “by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor 15:10).
“My power is made perfect in weakness,” said Christ to St. Paul (2 Cor 12:9), and he says it to each of us as well! These first apostles accepted the call of God in spite of their shortcomings and sins, and the church has reaped the benefit for nearly two thousand years. Perhaps that will give us courage to accept our vocations as well, whatever they may be!