Ordinary Weekday • 2 Peter 1:2-7
It is said that we only use a small percentage of our brain’s potential. Scientists and neurosurgeons inform us that we have amazing abilities of memory, imagination and creativity that are as yet untapped. Perhaps part of our problem is that we have a low expectation of what we are really capable of. The same is true of our spiritual lives and of the grace we have received to live holy lives.
Peter is very clear in his teaching: God has given us everything we need for life and holiness (v. 3). By God’s grace we can grow and mature and conquer in ways we haven’t even begun to imagine. In other words, if we have faith we can have even greater faith; if we possess a certain goodness, this too can grow and increase. So can our self-control, our knowledge and our understanding. We can possess these blessings in ever-increasing measure and become the saints that God wants us to be.
The problem with this idea of being saints is that we tend to think of true holiness being the preserve of the clergy and the religious life brothers and sisters. Nothing could be further from the truth. Peter was a fisherman and so he should know what he was talking about when he said that we can all become saints. God wants saints without cassocks or veils but who wear jeans and tennis shoes. At least this is the vision of the one who stands in the shoes of the Fisherman:
‘We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theatre. We need saints that are open, sociable, normal, happy companions. We need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. We need saints.’ (Pope Francis)
2 Peter 1:2-7 • Psalm 90(91):1-2, 14-16