During his homily in a KFC conference years ago, Fr. Gilles Blouin discussed the resemblance of Peter's story to our story of faith. In one Gospel, Peter professed his strong faith by telling Jesus, "To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." But not long after that profession, during the trial of Jesus, Peter denied his master.
How can it be that Peter who had such a profession of faith suddenly denies Jesus? Because human as he is, he fails and is not consistent in faith. Just like us. When the storms of life rage or when we are faced with other life-threatening situations, we can sometimes be frail and filled with doubt, we tend to let go of the only hand that can keep us alive. But we just have to hold on tighter.
Discipleship is not just about wanting and striving to follow Christ. It is knowing and believing that despite our weakness and unfaithfulness, our God remains faithful, merciful, and loving.
This is the faith that we declare and we must be convinced of. We are not just to say words that come from our mouths, but words that come from our hearts, words that come from our personal experiences of God's love. He has never and will never fail us.
No matter how weak we can sometimes be, we will always have this assurance:
Lahat ng bagyo, lahat ng baha, lilipas din. Ngunit ang grasya ng Panginoon ay nananatili.
In the midst of life's greatest struggles, may we always be able to sing,
When the oceans rise and thunders roar, I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are king over the flood, I will be still, know You are God.