Wednesday 7 July 2021

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Bl Peter To Rot

Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you – Ps 32(33):2-3, 10-11, 18-19. Matthew 10:1-7.

I am called to serve as I am

Today is the feast day of Blessed Peter To Rot, a Papua New Guinean layperson who risked his life to serve his parish during a time of Japanese occupation in World War II. A married man, Peter stood up for Christian marriage and was an outspoken critic of polygamy. When all of the clergy had been imprisoned, Peter continued to hold secret services for his parish as a lay catechist. Blessed Peter was killed by his oppressors, achieving martyrdom in 1945.

Today’s Gospel tells us of the twelve apostles. Jesus did not choose the smartest or the most capable to represent him. He did not wait for his followers to be trained to perfection before sending them out. As a layperson, I might think myself under-qualified to serve God properly. Today’s Gospel and the example of Blessed Peter To Rot show me that I am called to serve as I am, not when I feel like I have it all together.

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