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?