Strong words are addressed to the first recipients of this letter, those on the verge of renouncing the faith they once had in Jesus. To save those about to make the suicidal plunge into apostasy was likely the motive for writing the letter.
Though you may not identify with those about to renounce Jesus, remember what happened to Peter in a moment of fear and weakness. Does your life-style and activities tell the world that you are a disciple of Jesus? Is your heart as well as your lips centered upon the Lord? Pray for a deepening of your commitment to Jesus in everything. Intercede prayerfully for the countless numbers at this very moment whose suffering and persecution would cease if they would renounce their faith in Jesus. They need the bond of your faith to uphold theirs.
Tasting the goodness of God v. 5
My soul as soil for my God v. 7
Fullness of hope to the end v. 11
This hope, a steadfast anchor v. 19
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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