29 June 2017: Let us Discern and be Determined


Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Reading 1: Acts. 12: 1-11; Reading 2: 2 Tim 4: 6-8, 17-18; Gospel: Mt 16: 13-19

The Church celebrates its pillars. The founding fathers of Christian faith, St. Peter and St. Paul are recalled, venerated and solemnized.

The life of these apostles is a prototype to all of us – the believers. God in His own way prepared both of them for a specific mission in a greater way.

St. Peter was formed by Jesus personally for three years. Peter accompanied Jesus, lived with Him, witnessed all that He did, understood all that He desired and became the first leader of the Church. Indeed, he had difficulties in comprehending the divine plans: could not accept that Jesus had to suffer, could not remain faithful to his word, denied Him thrice, worse still – went back for fishing. Yet the formation given by our Saviour was not in vain. He discerned and was determined to be what God wanted.

St. Paul, on the other side, called by a vision, confirmed by a miracle, strengthened by the Spirit was a missionary par excellence. He ran the race to the full. He too discerned what God wanted from him (a complete change of the belief system) and was determined to live for it.

God calls every one of us, forms us and sends us out for mission. We are invited to discern and to be determined to live by it. Let the saints we celebrate be a model in this regard that we too may be able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, with which the Lord, the just judge, will reward me.”

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