Bl Peter To Rot
Genesis 41: 55-57; 42: 5-7, 17-24. Lord, let your mercy be upon us as we 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 layman from Papua New Guinea who risked his life to serve his community during the Japanese occupation in World War II. As a married man, Peter advocated Christian marriage and was an outspoken critic of polygamy. When all the clergy were imprisoned, Peter continued to hold secret services for his parish as a lay catechist. Blessed Peter was killed by his oppressors and suffered martyrdom in 1945.
Today’s gospel tells us about the twelve apostles. Jesus did not choose the brightest or the most able to represent him. He didn’t wait for his followers to be perfectly trained before sending them out. As a layperson, I may find myself underqualified to properly serve God. 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 everything together.
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