Between a rock and a hard place

Today is the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, a solemnity in the Church as we remember the lives of these two pillars of Christianity. One of the readings today is from Acts 12.1-11, concerning St. Peter and his miraculous release from prison. Herod had imprisoned him, and the night before he was to be brought out before the people, an angel from God was sent to release him. He was in an impossible situation, “sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison” (v.6). Then the angel appeared, struck Peter, and ordered him to dress. The chains fell off and he followed the angel out of the prison. It was so impossible that Peter didn’t believe it was actually happening until he had walked an entire street into the city.

St. Peter’s story gives me hope. I see Our Lord showing me what He can do, no matter how difficult or how impossible. And this is not the first instance of His making the impossible possible. A virgin conceived without knowing a man and bore a son. Old women bore children at ages far past their fertile years. The fiercest persecutor of Christians became the most instrumental in converting thousands to the Faith. What is my impossible situation to all this? And yet He cares. He sees and He acts. Probably not in the way I would imagine, but would St. Peter have imagined an angel from God kicking his side and telling him to get up and follow him out of the jail? Our God is not limited by the impossible.


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