Daly Office Readings for Friday, Proper 7 Year 1
“Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31 – 32)
Jesus prayed for Simon Peter and others (I think us too) that our faith may not fail. Faith is the most important element of our lives. It is what connects us to the Holy of holies. Jesus knows this and acts on our behalf. Evil wants us; therefore we must stay vigilant in order to overcome it.
Jesus uses language that suggests that we will drift away as did Peter. But in his words he says “when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Therefore Jesus knows that we will fall short. But he also knows that we can repent and recover. This is very good news. Jesus’ faith in us is so strong. We need to have faith in ourselves as well, and faith in the faith of Jesus. I am reminded of the verse of “Come thou fount of every blessing” where it says “prone to wonder Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.” I think maybe we should yoke with prayer partners as a way to guard against slipping away, against leaving the God we love. If we do drift, a prayer partner would be a good way back into the fold.
Jesus reminds us that we have a responsibility to strengthen others when we come to ourselves. Hopefully we will also learn to be patient with them if and when they fall from their faith walk. Hopefully we too will pray for our lost loved ones who have drifted away, that they will come back to the faith of our Jesus. It is amazing what prayer, compassion and listening will accomplish.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+