Peter, a humble fisherman, experienced a profound encounter with the Divine that speaks to our daily experiences and struggles. Just imagine, after a night of tireless effort, Peter and his companions found their nets bursting with an abundance of fish. Their hopes must have soared as they anticipated the ease of selling such a catch. It's natural for us to think, "If Jesus could do it once, why not invite Him as a business partner for a joint venture?" Yet, Luke's Gospel surprises us.
If I were to ask you who is the most powerful woman in the world today, you might be tempted to think about women who are political leaders, Fortune 500 executives, pop stars, etc. But the last words spoken by Father Peyton before he went home to God, “Mary, my Queen, my Mother,” provide us with the correct answer; it is Mary, Our Blessed Mother.
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Saint Lawrence was a deacon in the early Church in Rome. He was martyred for the faith four days after Pope Sixtus and six other deacons under the persecution of Emperor Valerian. St. Lawrence, when asked to turn over the Church’s money and valuables to the Emperor, gathered the poor and proclaimed that they were the Church’s real treasure.
Jesus always spoke to the crowds in the ordinary language of the time. To the shepherds he addressed giving the examples of sheep and green pastures, to the farmers he spoke giving the example of sowing and reaping, and to the fishermen he spoke giving the example of fishing.
The parable of the hidden treasure is one of the shortest and simplest stories that Jesus told to illustrate the value of the kingdom of heaven. In Matthew 13:44, Jesus says: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
The year was 1770. In a small Italian church, two altar boys were preparing for Benediction. Annibale Della Genga and Francesco Castiglione entered the sacristy, put on their cassocks and surplices, and grabbed the heavy brass candlesticks. Then they made their way to the entrance of the church, quietly arguing over who would stand on the priest’s right for the procession.