Why did Jesus choose Peter to be the keystone of His church on earth?
Jesus knew that the time was nearing for him to suffer and die on the
cross. He had to choose someone. But why Peter?
Could Jesus have chosen any of his other disciples? Were any of them
more qualified than Peter? What were Peter’s qualifications? The
normal human problems we all have: character deficiencies and inner
conflicts. We all know that later on Peter would deny Jesus three times
because he would be afraid for his life. Peter was not perfect.
Perhaps this is why Peter was chosen, because he was not perfect,
because of his imperfections and his flawed humanity; perhaps Jesus
chose him to remind us that we need not be perfect in order to be good
Christians and to practice God’s teachings.
God trusted Peter. Why is it so difficult for us to trust one
Perhaps most of us will never become great leaders or famous people,
nor will we be called on to die for our beliefs. We may never be in a
situation in which fidelity will demand the ultimate sacrifice. What
is important is for us to do our best in all our actions, to practice
love for our fellow men during the routines of our daily living, and to
love our God with our whole body, our whole mind and with our whole
Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if every one of us practiced
our Christian teaching and did God’s work while we are able?
“Lord Jesus, I profess and believe that you are the Christ, the Son of
the living God. You are my Lord and my Savior. Make my faith strong
like Peter’s and give me boldness to speak of you to others that they
may come to know you personally as Lord and Savior and grow in the
knowledge of your love”.