Feast of SS Peter and Paul.

Feast of SS Peter and Paul.

‘You are the Christ.’

The celebration of Saint Peter and St Paul is usually a Holiday of Obligation, and this year it is transferred to the Sunday. The ancient Romans held that their city was founded by Romulus and Remus, so in a sense the Church in Rome is founded by the two martyrs who gave witness in that city.

The readings tend to focus more on St Peter than St Paul, but Peter’s faith in Jesus being Christ, the Son of the living God, is the same faith that Paul kept to the end. This week’s readings invites us to reflect on our faith in Jesus, and the call we have received to be part of the church that makes that faith known to the world.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant/child is listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ (Matthew 16: 13-14)

  • What does the title ‘Son of Man’ mean to you?
  • What do you know about those mentioned that would apply to Jesus?
  • What do the people around you say about Jesus?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about who he is.

 

Monday.

‘But you,’ he said, ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said, ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man!’  (Matthew 16:15-17)

  • What does your life say about answer to Jesus’ question?
  • Reflect on the title Christ and you being a Christian.
  • What makes you happy in the Lord?
  • Listen to the Lord who is the Son of the living God.

 

Tuesday.

‘So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.  (Matthew 16:18-19)

  • What is the rock on which you build your life?
  • What gifts has the Lord given to you?
  • What does this promise to Peter mean to you?
  • Listen to the Lord who trusts you.

 

Wednesday.

I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

  • How have you been fighting the good fight?
  • How have you been running the race?
  • How have you kept the faith?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about the reward he has reserved for you.

 

Thursday.

The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. (2 Timothy 4:17-18)

  • When have you known the Lord standing by you?
  • When have you experienced the Lord’s power in your life?
  • When have you been rescued?
  • Listen to the Lord who gives you power.

 

Friday

Look towards him and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed. This poor one called; the Lord heard him/her and rescued him/her from all their distress. (Psalm 33:6-7)

  • When have you known that the Lord heard your prayers?
  • When and how has the Lord rescued you?
  • How do you look to the Lord? Bashfully or radiantly?
  • Listen to the Lord who listens to you.

 

Saturday

Then suddenly the angel of the Lord stood there, and the cell was filled with light. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him. ‘Get up!’ he said, ‘Hurry!’ – and the chains fell from his hands. The angel then said, ‘Put on your belt and sandals.’ After he had done this, the angel next said, ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow me.’  (Acts 12:7-8)

  • Reflect on an angel of the Lord coming to Peter’s aid.
  • How does this description of Peter’s rescue match your own experience of the Lord’s help?
  • When have you known the chains to fall away from you?
  • Listen to the Lord who sends you angels to help you.
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