In 2 Peter 1:3-8, we read,
His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature, after escaping from the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love. If these are yours and increase in abundance, they will keep you from being idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The author of this letter is teaching us. He explains the spiritual steps we can learn to ensure we remain on the path that leads us closer to God daily:
- Faith, to..
- Virtue, to..
- Knowledge, to..
- Self Control, to..
- Endurance, to..
- Devotion, to..
- Mutual affection to love
What makes this lesson especially worth listening to, is that the author is also a witness.
In Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World), Pope Paul VI, writes,
“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”
Long before he became Saint Peter, he was Simon; a son of a man named Jonah, a husband and fisherman. Thanks to an encounter with Jesus Christ, Simon began a journey of faith in being Peter; an Apostle, the rock on which Jesus would build his Church and the first Pope.
It was not an easy road for him, and it never ceased to be a journey. In his book, The Priest is Not His Own, Archbishop Fulton Sheen writes,
“Peter never entirely got rid of Simon. But once called, Simon never ceased to be Peter.”
Even at his martyrdom, he felt unworthy; insisting on being crucified upside down, as he did not merit the death of his Lord.
Saint Peter is a perfect example of a missionary of hope; one who continues to grow humbly in faith as he boldly proclaims Christ’s Gospel message.
We can imagine this letter being penned after years of traveling those spiritual steps; often going forth and back as he gauged his progress and discerned where he may have veered off road. His witness gives us confidence in the merit of learning from teachings of Scripture and by daily walking what we have been taught.
Jesus did not wait for Simon Peter to be perfect, nor does he wait for us.
We at Pilgrim Center of Hope embrace this message of hope! We are a small staff, hundreds of volunteers, benefactors, and prayer intercessors; living as missionaries of hope! We invite you to join us. Come and see! Visit Pilgrim Center of Hope in-person or online.
Answering Christ’s call, we guide people to encounter him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life.