Mercy, as we have remarked more than once before, needs humans to live it, to give it. Masefield has one merciful man, the Apostle Peter, today’s saint, introduce himself:
A fisherman, who will pull oars and sail,
Mend nets and watch the weather by the lake.
A rough man, with rude speech, who’ll follow you. Giving up all,
And after, will go telling of your glory
A many hundred miles, to Babylon;
And feel your glory grow in him, and spread
To many others in that city, far
From lake and home and the chatter, mending nets.
And after, I will see you come for me;
For all I’m rude and did deny, you’ll come;
And I shall drink your cup, Master, you helping;
And enter glory by you.
Peter had been with Jesus at the Transfiguration (see today’s Gospel, Matthew 17:1-9) and was there when his Master prayed in the Garden, saying: Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done. Luke 22:43.
Peter’s Master and ours will give us mercy to drink his cup with us: the Eucharistic cup, which we remind ourselves at every Mass we can only drink worthily though his mercy; and the cup of daily life, which can be bitter or just too much for us at times.
St Peter by Dirck van Baburen