Saint Peter and Saint Paul Apostles, Year A, 28th June 2020 (UK)

‘Who do you say I am?’

Following Eastertide and several major feasts, we now celebrate Saints Peter and Paul before returning to the regular Sundays of Ordinary Time. We pray that their faith and example will encourage us at this time.

The First Reading gives us an account of how Peter escaped prison while the Christian community prayed continuously for him.

The Psalm is a song of praise and thankfulness for the psalmist’s own delivery, as he encourages us to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good.’

St Paul, too, in the Second Reading, is full of gratitude. He praises the Lord for rescuing him and enabling him to continue proclaiming God’s message.

The Gospel narrates the important moment when Jesus asks his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ Peter’s reply earns his designation as leader of the community.

May the faith of Peter and Paul and their dedication to spreading Jesus’s message encourage us this week in our daily living.

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Saint Peter and Saint Paul Apostles, 29 June 2019

Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his Name!

This week we celebrate the feast of the two ‘chief apostles’ – St Peter and St Paul. Both were faithful rocks on whom Jesus built his Church, unshakeable in their belief that Jesus was the Christ, and ever-faithful to the universal mission he gave them. They can greatly encourage us as we, too, try to be Church today, following Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

The Church prays continuously for Peter throughout his ordeal as he lies enchained in Herod’s prison. But then an angel comes to release him and Peter realises that the Lord really has saved him.  (First Reading)

The Psalmist has also been released from his distress, and invites us to glorify God with him. We, too, can trust that the Lord will answer when we seek refuge in him, and will free us from our terrors.

Paul, like Peter, is also in prison, and knows that the end of his life is near. But he rejoices that he has kept faith: God has always been with him in his struggles and will bring him safely home. (Second Reading)

As Peter acknowledges Jesus as the Son of the Living God, Jesus establishes him as the rock on which he will build his Church, and entrusts him with the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.  (Gospel)

This week, as we give thanks for the lives of St Peter and St Paul, we pray for that same courage to put our trust in Christ Jesus, whatever trials we may face in life. Let’s ask, too, for God’s help as we work together to try to build up his Church.

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