Wednesday, June 29, 2022
June 29 is the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul. The faith of these two men allowed Christianity to grow and spread.
St. Peter was originally named Simon. Jesus called him “rock” and declared that he would build his church on this man. Peter always seemed to put his foot in his mouth, often blurting out answers to Jesus’s questions. During the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Peter famously denied our Lord three times. But Peter did turn out to be the leader of the early Church and was the first pope. After the resurrection and Pentecost, St. Peter went out and boldly spread the good news, eventually being martyred for his faith.
St. Paul was originally called Saul. He was a Jewish pharisee who was determined to stamp out the newly developing Christian religion. He persecuted followers of Jesus Christ and took part in the stoning of St. Stephen, the first martyr. But then he had a conversion experience, meeting the risen Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. He did a complete about face and became a great witness and missionary for our Lord. His letters are included in the New Testament and give great insight into the early Church. He was also martyred.
These were the men whom God used to spread the gospel and let the early Church thrive despite terrible persecution. Their flaws should give us hope, that God can also work through us.
Mass Readings for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (Vigil Mass)
- First Reading – Acts 3:1-10: “Peter said, ‘I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.'”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 19: “Their message goes out through all the earth.”
- Second Reading – Galatians 1:11-20: “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin. For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
- Gospel – John 21:15-19: “Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.'”
Mass Readings for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (Mass during the Day)
- First Reading – Acts 12:1-11: “Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, ‘Get up quickly.'”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 34: “The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.”
- Second Reading – 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18: “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.”
- Gospel – Matthew 16:13-19: “Simon Peter said in reply, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'”
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