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Image: “The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection” (detail) by Eugene Burnand

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, May 02, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. Father Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He writes regularly for a number of Catholic websites and magazines.

In 1973, the great American philosopher and baseball manager Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘tll it’s over.” He was right. His team, the Mets, rallied and won the pennant. We cannot find the phrase in the Scriptures, but we should not neglect its wisdom. The turbulent life of St. Peter as it unfolds in the gospels illustrates how Jesus directs and sustains us throughout our lives.

Early in the ministry of Jesus, Peter is awestruck by the miraculous catch of fish: “When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.’” (Lk. 5:8) In response to Peter’s humility, Jesus reveals Peter’s vocation: “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” (Lk. 5:10) We hear God’s voice when we humbly recognize the holy majesty of Jesus. …

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