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June 29, 2022

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, June 29 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
www.bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/062922-day.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 12:1-11
Responsorial: Psalm 34:2-9
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19

Our reflection on readings for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Mass during the Day:

“I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”  2 Timothy 4:6-7

“You are Peter; upon this rock, I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

The lives and ministry of Saints Peter and Paul remind us that there isn’t one “right” way to follow Jesus. Their lives also demonstrate that God doesn’t love us because we are “good” but because God is good.

Peter, whose name means “the rock,” was an unchanging and ever-present Apostle. He is responsible for the stability and continuation of the church and for spreading the news that Jesus was the Son of God. He was also stubborn and turned his back on Christ when he was needed most.

Paul was a violent persecutor of early Christians. After encountering Jesus near Damascus, Paul’s heart was changed, and he began enriching and expanding the Church. He pushed beyond geographic and societal boundaries, looked ahead, and evangelized to help people understand Christ’s message and make it meaningful and relevant to them.

I used to identify with the passion and overflowing faith of Paul. I taught Sunday School classes, led small faith-sharing groups, and longed to share my deep love for Christ in any way I could. In recent years, that feeling of “being poured out like a libation” has ceased. The pandemic is partially but not solely responsible.

I’ve been struggling and concerned about this change in how my faith feels. The lack of grandeur and glory is unfamiliar and unsettling. I suspect I may have veered into a “Peter Period” of my faith journey. I haven’t turned my back on Christ, but I stubbornly resist things I know would bring me closer to Him. I need stability, security, and the rock-solid steadiness only Christ can offer. I am blessed in knowing that God loves me because God is good, and He forgives me when I am not.

Spend some time in prayer with Peter and Paul. Is God calling you to pour yourself out and enrich His kingdom grandly and gloriously like Paul? Or is this a time when you are called to be sensible, responsible, stable, and steady? What specific actions could you take to embrace the path you’re on?

May God’s Peace Be with You,
Trina Wurst

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