Peter – Chapter One Put Out into the Deep: The Making of an Apostle 5

Fr. Robert Spitzer gives us insight into the objective for Gray penning this book in the foreword. (I am currently reading a wonderful work by Spitzer, a Jesuit priest, called The Light Shines on in the Darkness: Transforming Suffering Through Faith. If you are looking for a good book on making sense of suffering in our world this is a good read – at least through the first 220 pages!) Spitzer says that there are two purposes for the book: 1) to help the reader come to know Peter and the world in which he lived and 2) an ambitious second reason, to help us encounter Christ and develop a more active role in the Church!

You don’t need to read too far into the first chapter to find the first pearl of wisdom from Gray, “He [God] doesn’t call the equipped; he equips the called.” Peter was an uneducated fisherman, but his preaching amazed the learned. Peter was an ordinary person. While he was sinful, impulsive and at times frightened, he also repented, recognized the Divinity of Christ and sacrificed for his beliefs. We too, may feel like we are poorly equipped and inadequate in our faith. Peter is an encouraging example of how God makes up what is lacking in our humanness to be a faithful disciple and serve Him. We need openness and trust to allow God to fill us with His Grace.  Peter was given his commission from Christ. God will send us into the deep, as well, to fulfill our purpose in life and His Divine Will.

– Deacon Ralph

Feel free to comment on the questions below or on your thoughts from this first chapter.

  • Are there times you feel ill equipped in your ministry or life as a disciple? How does Peter affect that view?
  • In Chapter One, Gray says that there is an identity crisis as to what the Church is meant to be and that some do not see the need for organized religion or the Church. What is your opinion about these statements? What are some causes of this crisis?
  • Peter is given opportunity to trust in things that seem impossible and a future that is unclear. Come follow me….Cast your net here…Come to me on the water…feed my sheep! When you faced uncertainty and challenge what role did your faith and trust in God play?

Share your thoughts!

5 thoughts on “Peter – Chapter One

  • Brenda Wolfe

    Aren’t we all ill-equipped as Peter was? I know I am! This gives me HOPE!

    I ❤️ the quotes, “Duc in altum,” and “Do not be afraid.” These will keep me going!

    Unfortunately, the modern denial of organized religion leaves people alone and defenseless. We need Mother Church and each other to navigate the many snares of the devil in our lives!

    I am currently living the uncertainty of starting over as a newly single person, so Peter’s example following Jesus’ commands to “Duc in altum,” and “Do not be afraid,” are welcome gifts!

  • Sue Callahan

    As to question two: yes I feel there is an identity crisis as to what the Church is meant to be because MAN is involved and overall let’s face it MAN always looks for the easy way out. Bear in mind this is a general statement on my part and that I am not pointing the finger on every man that walked the earth. If we all could just ask ourselves one simple question: WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? and proceed on our path toward the kingdom of God, I feel the Church would be in a better place.

    • Deacon Ralph Post author

      Yes, the church is at times too human and in that weakness we are not always doing our best to build up the Kingdom of God.

  • LC

    I think most of us often feel ill equipped to carry out the tasks God call us to. I know I sure do. That’s why I find comfort in learning about people like Peter. He is so real, so ordinary; with questions and doubts and brokenness, just like us. But that’s where the beauty of hope and trust in our Lord comes into play. God truly does equip the called, as long as we’re open to His grace. But just like Peter, I mess up often. Thank goodness God’s mercy is greater than my sin!

    • Deacon Ralph Post author

      There is a wonderful movie on about Saint Joseph of Cupertino, called the “reluctant saint.” He was a humble person who wasn’t as well equipped as others but God gave him everything he needed to be a holy person!