Greetings on this the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Readings: Acts 12:1-11; PS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18; Mt 16:13-19
Next week: Teen retreat Steubenville Florida July 8th to 10th! Participating, excited for them and all! Will post photos.
My parish activity as I restarted my sabbatical (suspended for Lent and Easter season).
- Masses 8:00 AM Monday and Thursday.
- Benediction 7:00 PM Wednesdays.
- Infrequent Mass on weekends depending on travel schedule.
- Veterans Administration Medical Center, chaplaincy.
- St. Philip Benizi, Belle Glade, FL, mission.
Remote Plans (highly variable)
- Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
- Guatemala City
- Nuevo Laredo
- Olongapo City
We all share in the mission life, in small or large part. We all tend to the people in the proximity of our own place. We all have joys and sorrows of mission.
To paraphrase a song popular in honoring veterans: All gave some, some gave all.
An excellent quick summary of the spiritual life of Peter and Paul at the link below!
We would probably go to confession to Peter sooner than to any of the other apostles. He is perhaps a more striking example of the simple fact of holiness. Jesus says to us as he said, in effect, to Peter: “It is not you who have chosen me, but I who have chosen you. Peter, it is not human wisdom that makes it possible for you to believe, but my Father’s revelation. I, not you, build my Church.” Paul’s experience of the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus was the driving force that made him one of the most zealous, dynamic, and courageous ambassadors of Christ the Church has ever had. But persecution, humiliation, and weakness became his day-by-day carrying of the cross, material for further transformation. The dying Christ was in him; the living Christ was his life.
In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the “authorities” he proceeded to arrest Peter also.
On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison. Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell.
They emerged and made their way down an alley, and suddenly the angel left him.
Then Peter recovered his senses and said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod
The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.
You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“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.”
- The netherworld will fall.
- Those you heal, will be healed.
- Those you free, will be freed.
Yes, that is a good way to understand.
- Set free.
- Be the Face of Christ.
Back to the VAMC Sunday to celebrate Mass with my brothers.
Peace be with you,