Saint Peter is the rock of the church and founding father of the church. He is a great example of living up to the faith in the face of adversity and represents our aspirations to live with the love of God. He is dedicated to helping all non-believers and the faithful alike to deepen their connection in Christ and to renew their contract of faith.
During his time on earth, St. Peter also faced many trials and even temporary moments of weakness when he denied Christ three times. He understands the struggles that we have to go through, and our fears in fully accepting the Lord in our lives due to societal pressures or temptation. The road to eternal salvation is often the road less travelled, because it isn’t easy.
When Christ gave his life for us, our contract of faith was renewed and a new covenant formed. But this wasn’t a one time thing, for no matter how many times we sin and breach this contract He still offers us ways to come back to Him. When we come to Him in prayer & worship we implicitly renew our contract with God once more.
Saint Peter wants us to know that we must start every day renewed in the Lord and bask in his blessings. By reaffirming the bond that we have in Christ, we are once again made whole and drawn in to a deeper love & fellowship.
Renewing Our Covenant
The biblical concept of a holy covenant is similar to what we term as a legally-binding contract in the modern context, with the main difference being that it isn’t bound by the laws of a justice system but rather the laws of God.
What this means is that we have established a relationship and are expected to follow the conditions of that relationship – by keeping our promises and subject to severe consequences if those conditions are not met.
When we say that God always keeps His promises, we know that God always fulfils his part in the covenant because of His unceasing love for us. That is why when we as humanity strayed from His path and displayed our weaknesses, He created a New Covenant through the blood of Christ, so that we may be restored and saved.
Throughout the course of the entire bible, there were 5 covenants established (the Noahic covenant, the Abrahamic covenant, the Mosaic covenant, the Davidic covenant, and lastly the New Covenant) with each one building upon the other for our complete redemptive journey.
When the contract is breached, it loses its power and we are no longer connected to the promises of the Lord. As part of His final plan for our ultimate redemption, God created a covenant with us that was everlasting and were we can receive redemption through Christ as long as we stay renewed in our faith every day.
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' " - John 14:6
The question is, are we allowing Christ into our lives every day? Only by doing so are able to stay connected to God’s eternal promises and blessings. It could be as simple as prayer and thanksgiving at the beginning or end of the day to allow Christ to live in our hearts.
Uphold Covenant of Marriage
Marriage is an important covenant that is recognized in the eyes of the Church and has a profound impact on our daily lives. When we decide to be bounded to our spouse, it isn’t simply an agreement between two parties, but one that is made in the presence of the Lord and is effectively a promise to love them unceasingly for the rest of our lives. The sacrament of marriage is sacred and must be upheld in the same fashion that we rely on God to uphold His promises to us.
“What God has joined together, no human being must separate”
As one of His faithful, we are called to uphold our promises of marriage for better or for worse. To treat our spouse with love and compassion even in the trying times and to raise children with all the love that we can muster.
Saint Peter assures us that if we call upon Christ to be present in our homes, He shall shower us with graces & abundance and enrich our homes with love all the days of life.
The Contract for a Better Life
When we think of contracts that we sign like our phone bills or housing mortgage, there’s always something to pay that causes some level of anxiety isn’t it?
Well God’s contract of love costs nothing in the material sense, and yet holds an immense weight on how our lives are shaped. For our sake He has already simplified it so that we may be renewed every day whether or not we sin and fall short in the past.
We need only to open our hearts to Christ and to allow his presence into our lives to reignite our divine connection to His promises. Do not forget to ask for graces and to also call upon the intercession of St. Peter that we may never stray from His path.
Prayer to St. Peter for Intercession
“Dearest Saint Peter, the rock of the Church and holy apostle to Christ my saviour,
I thank you wholeheartedly for your message of hope and renewal today.
With my entire being I give thanks to the Lord for establishing his eternal covenant, that I may be saved by the sacrifice of Jesus.
I pray that you guide me to accept Christ in my life and home every single day and to renew the divine connection that God has sought to seek with me.
Help me to grasp his hands extended in favor, and to always be connected to his everlasting love.
Allow me to bask in his light and to also extend his love to others.
Look not upon my failings, but grant me the strength to stay steadfast in my vocation as a child of God.
St. Peter, pray for us.“