Lent Pilgrimage, Peter-Rock

Fourth Sunday in Lent

You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. ~Matthew 16:18–19

262.St. Peter

Statue of Peter at Capernaum

At Capernaum, a pilgrim can visit the neighborhood where Peter once lived. The Franciscans recently built a spaceship of a sanctuary over the ruins of Peter’s house, complete with a transparent floor. There’s a statue of Peter holding a key. Someone in our group asks me about the key and I answer with many facts. Then I catch myself being a preacher rather than a pilgrim, having answers instead of questions. What I want most of all is to have the passion of a disciple. I want to be a rock like Peter.

What could you do today that would be Peter-like?

Prayer: O Lord, make me a rock for you.

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I'm an essayist, memoirist, and Presbyterian pastor. My books are both spiritual memoirs -- "Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land" and "Ruined."