Saturday 29 June 2019

About Today Readings

STS PETER AND PAUL.
Acts 12:1-11. Psalm 33(34):2-9. 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18. Matthew 16:13-19.
The Lord has set me free from all my fears – Psalm 33(34):2-9.
‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’

This is how Peter responds to Jesus’ question, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ – and we are invited to consider the same question being addressed to us in our own lives. Peter expresses his faith in Jesus as the ultimate meaning of his life. Jesus is the Messiah, ‘the anointed one’ sent by the Father. All who proclaim Jesus as the Messiah find life in his name. This is the saving faith which both Peter and Paul proclaimed in their lives.

St Augustine writes (Sermon 295): ‘Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and, even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles’ blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labours, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.’

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