So, OK --
I thought I had had it all planned out. I was gonna be named after the prophet David. Why? First name's always been David. Birthday's December 27th, and David's commemorated on the first Sunday after Nativity, so right around the same time. Also, he struggled with sexual sins, and what guy hasn't/doesn't? He also writes songs/poetry, has a very deep, personal devotion to God, in tune with worship...I thought it'd be a good fit.
Was talking during Holy Week with the priest who chrismated me (Holy Sat. '01), and we were going over things to mention in my first confession. It was very emotional, and after I had calmed down some, he asked if we'd had a saint picked out for me. I told him about my plans to use the name David, and he said, "I'm thinking about changing it."
"Oh, yeah? To what?"
"Yeah...go home, think it over tonight, talk to me tomorrow at service." So I did. And laughed at myself. As a Protestant, I don't know how many times I'd held Peter up as someone I could really relate to. To me, the walking on the water passage seems to be the most potent icon of faith and works functioning together in salvation of anything out there. He was always
talking, even when he couldn't think of anything meaningful to say (like on Mt. Tabor). He was way
dramatic and serious (the quote "I'll DIE for You before I'll deny You!" and the mischief with the sword in Gethsemane come to mind) and pretty impulsive (jumps out of boat in pretty much just his underwear to go swim to Jesus...I imagine the other disciples just looking at each other for a beat, sighing, then calmly starting to row to shore).
And yet...the Holy Spirit changed this man. He knew he was a sinner. He knew he loved the Church. And he knew he loved His Lord, and wanted His Lord to see it. He used that fire inside to push through imprisonment, ridicule, torture and upside-down crucifixion.
I figure he's a way better fit than what I had planned.
Plus...it stinks to be a Christmas baby; I like getting stuff in June!