Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul, Apostles

June 29th, 2014
""I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven."" Matthew 16 : 19
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The Catholic Church is built on the rocks;  the rock of St. Peter and the rock of St. Paul.  Today,  we rejoice in this fact.  Our Gospel reading reminds us that it was Peter’s acknowledgment of Jesus’ divinity which led to the Lord declaring him to be the rock on which the Church is built.  What was most striking about Peter and Paul was their total and absolute love for Jesus of Nazareth.  Both were very human.  Peter was unschooled;  Paul was educated,  zealous,  proud and violent.   Peter betrayed.

What changed those men?  What transformed them so that they became the rocks upon which the Church is built?  The key factor was the gift of revelation.  Peter received it at Caesarea Philippi, enabling him to proclaim that Jesus is the Christ,  the Son of the Living God.  Paul spoke often about how the Gospel he had received had been given to him by the grace or gift of revelation.   Both had their struggles as we read about them in the New Testament.  But the New Testament also reveals their final moments of victorious hope and faith in the face of their impending martyrdom.   Our aim must be to follow their example.  If we bring faith and love together in prayer,  we shall overcome,  through God’s grace,  all the obstacles we face in the race of life,  and in the end,  win with them the prize that is set before us.

 

Prayer Lord Jesus, may I grasp and understand that you are truly Lord, Saviour and Master and are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen