Peter and Paul

Today’s Prayer Reflections

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
June 29, 2017

Today’s Saint Quote: Pope Saint John Paul II

The solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul invites us to reflect on the way taken by Peter…

Today’s Readings:

Acts 12:1-11
Ps 34:2-9
2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18
Matthew 16:13-19
www.usccb.org/bible/readings/062917-day.cfm
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
ccc.usccb.org/cccradio/NABPodcasts/17_06_29.mp3

Peter & Paul Chosen by God as missionaries of the Gospel

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 

If we read today’s readings we see two people chosen by God for a special purpose. Peter a simple fisherman follows Jesus assuming him as Worldly Messiah who will rescue them from the Romans but in the Company of Jesus God draws him to Christ the Heavenly Messiah. St.Paul says in his conversion story that he was chosen by God before formation of the World to preach the Gospel to the whole World. Both of these great pioneers to spread the Gospel were not by chance encountered Jesus but a special grace of God drew these men towards Christ.

If we see after their proclamation of the Faith, we see both of them started proclaim Jesus as Christ in their local synagogues and market places and wherever they went or people they met in their entire life. I call this activity as transformation of the heart. God transforms the hearts of people to receive the Gospel and recognise the Messiah. This is the combined work of God the Father and the Holy spirit. The Holy spirit prepares the heart through repentance and faith and God the Father reveals his only Love Jesus Christ to every faithful. Peter & Paul had these experience during their Conversions. Peter expresses his love before the ascension as a sign of repentance  and proclaims Jesus as Christ after the Pentecost.  St. Paul in his Conversion does not eat or drink for three days and goes through a stance of repentance and once Barnabas lays hands on him , he fills with the holy spirit and immediately goes to the nearby Synagogue and proclaims Jesus as Lord.

God used both of them in mighty way , the wisdom  &  courage of Paul and the Faith and leadership  of peter built a Solid foundation of the Church. It was God who revealed them Christ and Christ introduced them holy spirit the third person of trinity who was with them in their building Work of the Church. The Evil and the Worldly powers were not able to understand the wisdom of these great men. The Evil & World has  been defeated in the victorious lived life of Christ. Therefore everyone who is in Christ is a new Creation. These new Creation are called Christians and the Lord gives them authority to bind and loose or forgive or  protest or protect. Christians are forgiving people but Christ has also said whatever we lose in earth will be lost in heaven. Therefore Christians must defend their faith and protest the Evil with intercessions and sacrifices. The World may come up with many legislations or life styles but it is the Christians to approve them or not in the light of the Gospel Values. We must protest against every Evil which is contrary to the Gospel Values, being secular does not mean we must take everything the World gives but to forgive and intercede for the conversion of hearts which Paul did in the Roman Empire and through his arguments and prayer one day the entire Roman empire Converted and accepted as Jesus as Lord. St. Paul could not see in his life time but sow the seed of the Gospel which reaped the harvest in its own due time. Christians have great power in their intercession so families and communities must come together to pray and bind the evil practices of this World and God is faithfull to fulfil his promise.

All of us are called by God before the foundation of the World for repentance and transformation of our heart to faith to reveal Christ to us so that we may inherit the Holy Spirit. Peter & Paul responded and cooperated to the call of God and died as Martyrs. They went through great persecutions in their life like St. Paul writes Hunger and thirst, no money, sleepless nights, physical abuse, rejection, imprisonment and finally death. They suffered these things to proclaim their faith and defend their faith. They proclaimed with great boldness , Jesus as Lord. They did not Compromise on the values of the World but were ready to die for the values.

We need to ask following questions to ourselves as Christians.

  1. Are we transformed Christians?
  2. Do we recognise Jesus as Lord of our life?
  3. Do we have the experience of the Holy spirit in our life?
  4. Do we proclaim Christ as our leader through lives & Words?
  5. Do we defend or do not Compromise our Christian Values?

 

If our answer is yes then we can call ourselves Christians otherwise we must reflect upon these questions and of these two great Saints and pray for the grace to ourselves to Jesus Christ .

I pray for all the people of the world , God may bestow the grace upon all people and transform their heart like Peter & Paul and reveal them Christ the Saviour . They may be filled with the power from above and live a spirit filled life. A victorious Christian life without any fear of Evil or of this World and live a life in true value of Christ by proclaiming them and defending them.

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