June 29, 2016 – Wednesday in the 13th Week of the Church Year
Saints for the day: Peter, 1st Pope & Paul 1st Century)
Acts 12:1-11 – Psalm 34 – 2 Timothy :6-8, 17-18 – Matthew 16:13-19
“These are the ones who, living in the flesh, planted the Church with their own blood; they drank the chalice of the Lord and became the friends of God” (Today’s Entrance Antiphon)
Peter and Paul, two great anchors of our Christian Faith are like the “Ying/Yang” of the Church. Peter boldly proclaims in front of Jesus, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” But later, when pushed to the wall, in the darkness of night, says, “I don’t even know the man!”
Paul, a Pharisee and absolute follower of “the Law” sets out to put a stop to this growing, new movement which he saw as a denial of Jewish tradition. He gets knocked to the ground by a blinding light and booming voice that asks, “Who are you?”
Peter and Paul are like the parable of the two sons whose father asks them to work in the field: one says, “Yes, I’ll go” but doesn’t. The other says, “No, I won’t go” but does. I think that this image gives us a clear insight into how God can work in and through every situation that we find ourselves in.
If Jesus can draw Peter back into the fold: “Do you Love me? THREE TIMES” and then proclaims him as “Rock” “On whom I will build my Church” don’t you think that He just might be able to draw us back into His live no matter what we have done to disown Him?
And, how many of us are just like Paul with our hard-fast understanding of how we should defend the Church according to our own ideas. To this, Jesus answers, “My ways are not your ways!”
So, today’s feast should give us encouragement that nothing is impossible with God. All He asks of us is to be willing to come to Him with an open and sincere heart. How many of us think that – whatever our fault or sin is – it’s more than God can deal with? “Do you love me? Do you love me? Do you love me?” Amen!