Posted by: livingscripture | June 29, 2018

SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Friday June 29, 2018

     Week Twelve of Ordinary Time 

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Apostles

 WORD of the DAY 

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”   Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, 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”.     (Matthew 16: 15-18) 

How shall I live this Word?

This time it is not Jesus who is questioned but He is the one who questions.  He wants to know the thoughts of His followers.  He wants to know what they really think of Him and what they have understood about Him in their depths.  Peter’s response is immediate.  It does not come from the ‘flesh and blood’ of the apostle, but from the Father with whom Jesus is in continual contact.

The Church is born from Peter’s declaration.  On the faith of a fisherman who speaks in the name of the Spirit, the grand history of the Christian community is opened that will traverse the centuries.  Peter becomes the foundation ‘stone’.  He has seen the invisible, what God has prepared for those who love Him.  And the Teacher continues to reveal Himself even to us who let ourselves be questioned by Him.

Like Samuel, called in the night by God, we respond: ‘Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening’.

 

The Voice of Cardinal Maria Martini

God among us reveals Himself as a hidden, servant God…a man who speaks with the simple people, in a situation of social and political insignificance that is truly scandalous.  There is not only the scandal of the Cross; there is the scandal of the entire life of Jesus.

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