Posted by: livingscripture | June 29, 2015

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

From the Word of the Day

“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.”

(Matthew 16: 15-17)

How should we live this WordPeter & Paul

 After some time living together, we are at a crossroads.  Jesus humbly asks His disciples what they have understood about Him; what they think of Him!  To be recognized is the fundamental desire of love that reveals itself.  It is the need to be recognized in the truth of His Person!

The personal response to this question is the measure of the disciple.  Christianity is not a theology, but a relationship.  The Christian is the one who lives and grows in relationship with Jesus.  Peter responds personally to the question with a profession of faith, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”.    Thus, his faith becomes the key that opens the Kingdom of God.

To Peter who says, “You are”, Jesus responds “Blessed are you”, and a dialogue begins between them.  Deep knowledge grows and mercy is experienced.  The ‘primacy of Peter’ is born from the trust of a heart that knows how to see ‘beyond’, in a special gift of the discovery of God’s gift.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I too will repeat Peter’s affirmation with conviction and love during the day.  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!”

Thank You, Lord, for the gift of Peter!  We continue to pray for him in his successor, Pope Francis.  Continue to help him, calling him blessed so that this beatitude will guarantee his rapport with You.  Give us respect and docility, love and fidelity toward him so that the Church, Your Spouse, may praise and witness to You without fear!

 The Voice of Pope Francis

 The witness of the Apostle Peter reminds us that our true refuge is trust in God.  This distances every fear and makes us free from all slavery and every worldly temptation.  Peter experienced that God’s fidelity is greater than our denials…Peter shows us the way – confide in Him who knows us entirely; confiding not on our ability to be faithful, but on His everlasting fidelity…”

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