Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Posted in homily by frtonys on June 29, 2020

Today we we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Christ made Peter the head of the the Church despite many of his shortcomings. This can be exemplified by the many instances that Jesus Christ had to chastise and reprimand him. The best thing about Peter was that he would examine his conscience and repent or be so sorry for the wrongs he had done. He did not also shy away from confronting a situation or a problem when faced with one. He had the inner power to right his wrongs. This may be was the reason why he became the perfect leader of the early Church because he was able to ably handle the myriad of problems the Church faced.

Paul, the “Apostle to the Gentiles” and the greatest apostolic missionary, was a Roman citizen by birth. His original name was Saul. As a Pharisee, He studied the Mosaic Law under the great rabbi Gamaliel. He was present at the stoning of Saint Stephen and agreed with this action. But he was miraculously converted on his way to Damascus to arrest the Christians. He made several missionary journeys, converted hundreds of Jews and Gentiles and established Church communities. He was arrested and kept in prison for two years in Caesarea and lived under house arrest for two more years in Rome. Finally, he was martyred by beheading at Tre Fontane in Rome

With this strong foundation formed by Peter and Paul, Christianity has been able to withstand the storms that had rocked it during early ages. Let us learn from Peter that despite our human shortcomings, we are still invited by God to serve Him God is not distracted by our human errors because He accepts us the way He created us. But he reminds us to always seek forgiveness when we wrong Him and others and also forgive others who wrong us too.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, use us, like You used Simon Peter, to spread Your Gospel throughout the world and help us to always defend Your Church against attacks from the netherworld. Amen

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