Wednesday Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time
St. Peter & St. Paul
Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
Baby Come Out!!! As we celebrate this Eucharist, my daughter Meggin is in hard labor and delivering her first child. Mothers know the hardest, most painful thing you do as a women is to deliver a child, but it is also the most satisfying. On this solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul, we celebrate two of the pillars of the Church. The hardest most painful thing these two men were to continue sharing the Word of the Lord to the world, but it was also the most rewarding.
St. Peter faced much opposition in his life time and is in prison awaiting his death as King Herod had James and his brother killed. However, and angel of the Lord comes to Peter in prison and sets him free.
St. Paul also suffered much as he traveled around sharing the gospel message to the gentiles. He too, is in prison, but he knows he has run the race well, and he will finish the race, by giving his very life. Paul speaks knowing his physical body is in prison, but his spirit is set free in Christ.
None of us are free from pain, suffering heartache, or disappointment. But when we can answer the Lords question in our Gospel, “Who do you say that I am?” The Word of God will come from us, and our lives will be different.
Let us embrace what Peter and Paul embraced. What they believed, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching and their confession of faith.