On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 29, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Today is the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul and we remember them for their great faith and love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Like us they too were sinners, in his weakness St Peter denied Jesus; in his blind zeal for the law, St Paul persecuted and killed Christians. But the love of Christ embraced them and empowered them to break free from the bondage of sin and the slavery of the law. They lived their new lives in Christ In peace, love and charity for others. They used all the gifts and Graces they received from God to give glory to Him, by preaching His love, enriching the lives of all they met through the proclamation of the Word, healing of the sick and the conversion of sinners.

Through the intercession of St Peter and St Paul let us fight the good fight and run the race to end as we serve and glorify God through the Church He established and build up His Kingdom by bringing all we meet to faith. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 16:13–19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

  1. Union with God is the highest possible state that any creature can attain and it is readily attainable if one is single, married, secular, religious or clergy. It is a blissful state amidst any pain, suffering and sorrows inherent in life. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are or even if you are disabled or able. There are no educational requirements for lovers or those who ardently seek union with God except desire, goodwill and charity toward all. God is holy and infinitely desirous of everyone to be robed in that same holiness.

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