Sometimes we might be tempted to believe that those who knew Jesus personally in the gospels; the disciples, apostles or even the later saints had everything figured and sorted out. But the gospel today would suggest otherwise. After spending three years with him as he preached and healed, where do we find his closest friends and apostles?
They are not busy with carrying on his mission or ministry; they have simply gone back to their old ways and jobs of fishing! A disciple whose name we are not given sees that it is Jesus standing on the shore speaking to them, which causes Peter to jump from the boat half dressed! What a sight that must have been.
This simply reminds us that those who knew Jesus personally and all the following Christian leaders that we look to as examples of faith, were not in fact perfect. They were just men and women who followed and who still follow Jesus are real human beings with all their shortcomings and failings.
Jesus does not choose us because we are perfect and wonderful. Instead, we are called by our name to faithfully follow him as best we can, with all our own faults and humanity. St. Theresa of Calcutta once said, God does not call us to be successful, we are simply called to be faithful!
Jesus called Peter and continues to call each of us today; our task is to follow him. Will there be times when we doubt Jesus? Yes! Will there be times when we will let Jesus down as Peter did?
Yes! When we doubt and deny Jesus, he will there for us as he was for Peter. Jesus did not dismiss or judge Peter for his lack of faith and denial and either will Jesus deny or judge us when we let him and fail him.