Anyone who believes in me...will never waver. 1
and His disciples were in the region of Cesarea Philippi. All of a sudden Jesus
put this question to His disciples: “Who do people say the Son of
man is?” (Matt. 16:13).
After listening to various opinions people had about Him Jesus said: “But
you, Who do say I am?” Then Simon Peter spoke up and said: “You
are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Jesus replied: “Peter
You are Rock..." (Matt.
16:15-18). One of the skills
that everyone would like to acquire is indeed this one: to be as a
"rock"; in other words, to be strong! How we admire people who
have a strong personality; those who have ideals; those who let themselves
become involved without counting the cost! Those who, in spite of difficulties
and failures, continue to pursue their goals with courage.
is the root of frailty.
what makes us weak? A combination of three elements.
The first, and the cause of the others, is the feeling that we sometimes
have of not being accepted, the feeling of not being welcomed, the feeling of
not being loved...The feeling to be useless, to be a burden on people.
Such an experience as this can produce within us a sort of anxiety, a
dark, bad feeling that prevents us from feeling alive. It's like a shadow
hanging over us that makes even the most wonderful experiences feel dismal.
is a sign of frailty.
"Key" To Obtaining Strength
“You are the rock” said Jesus to Peter.
“I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt.
16:19). The power of the keys
given to the Church is in the person of Peter! Among the many meanings of these
words of Jesus it is wonderful to discover that among these keys given to us
there is a key to strength also. It
is wonderful to discover that through the Church symbolized by Simon Peter, the
first Pope, we are given the key strength.
the "Source" of our being is the reason for our strength.
a wonderful truth! What a liberation that the value of our lives doesn't depend
on even the most lovable creatures... the value of our lives depends on God.
That's why we are precious and life is worthy to be lived.
human being is precious because God wanted him/her and with him/her wants to
make something incredible! Only sin (God created us free so that we could refuse
to collaborate with God ) can destroy this wonderful project He has created for
us and want to carry out not without our collaboration. The result would be our
eternal confusion, frailty, insecurity, eternal fear.