Peter and Paul

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Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.  These two great saints have much in common.  Both had times when they failed Jesus.  Paul was a great persecutor of the church. Peter, of course, denied Jesus three times.  Yet, the Lord used both of these very human men to glorify Jesus in amazing ways.

Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples
and, when they had finished breakfast, said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
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.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

Saint Paul was chosen by the Lord to be his evangelist.  Saint Peter was chosen to be the leader of the apostles and the first Pope of his Church.  Neither was perfect, but in the end both loved Jesus and gave their lives for him.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul, pray for us.

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One Response to Peter and Paul

  1. Nancy Novicki says:

    Reassuring to know Jesus chose people with imperfections!

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