During this last week of Easter, we Christians ponder the priestly prayer of Jesus. Jesus prays for all of his disciples, then and now, yes, even us in the twenty-first century.
And also, we listen to the preaching ministries of two great apostles, Peter and Paul.
Paul is a savvy preacher and he is crafty. Accused of preaching The Name illegally, Paul knows that to get to Rome fast, he can appeal to the Emperor since he is a Roman citizen. Peter’s ministry begins in forgiveness. At breakfast, Jesus still loves him despite his thrice denials. Peter is a sinner who repents deeply and loves deeply. For this reason he remains the Rock who will join his fellow apostle in Rome.
Thus the work of the Holy Spirit!