Christ predicts the true weakness of the Apostles’ faith:
Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will have your faith shaken, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be dispersed.’ But after I have been raised up, I shall go before you to Galilee.”
Peter said to him, “Even though all should have their faith shaken, mine will not be.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Amen, I say to you, this very night before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.”
But he vehemently replied, “Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all spoke similarly. -Mark 14:27-31, NAB
The Apostles, Christ’s most devoted friends and followers, would soon abandon Him just when He needs them the most. Jesus boldly predicts that they will run off like scared sheep. They have stood by Him throughout His ministry, but here, in the eleventh hour, their faith will be shaken.
Peter, who is often the voice for the Apostles, states that he will not let his faith be shaken. Jesus replied by saying that Peter would indeed deny Christ three times before the morning comes. As we move later into the Gospel, we will see that story unfold.
The disciples refused to believe that their faith could be shaken. After everything they have seen Christ do – the miracles He has performed – how could they possibly deny Him? They have followed Him throughout the land, listening to His sermons along the way; they knew that He is the Son of God. It simply could not be possible.
As we read these verses, many of us are quick to judge the Apostles, but are we any better? When the chips are down, is our faith shaken? The world is in peril. Jesus needs us to help rebuild His Church that is in disarray because of greed and selfish desires. Wealth, power, fame, beauty, and self-gratification are the new virtues to live by in today’s age, and few seem ready to stand up against it.
Jesus needs the Church to rise up and restore order to the world. Are we taking on that challenge? No. Instead, Catholics are leaving the faith in record numbers. Some will say that they are Catholic, as if it is a birthright – not a daily choice, but refuse to live by traditional Catholic values. Many call themselves Christian but deny Christ. Our faith has been shaken like the Apostles, but on a much larger scale.
Peter’s faith was shaken, yet he still became the leader of the early Church. The rest of the Apostles feared for their lives in this moment; nonetheless, they would eventually become heroes of the faith as martyrs. Like Peter and the Apostles, our faith may have been shaken, but our story is not over. We can still become heroes of the faith, like the Apostles. We can turn the world around again.
Jesus needs us: the world is suffering and in need of people to defend the faith in the public square. Morality is being legislated away in the name of “freedom.” Instead of freedom, the world is becoming a slave to its own sinfulness. Let’s free the world from the bondage of its own sin. Stand up, as the Apostles did, and defend our Savior when He needs us the most. Do not let your faith be shaken.