Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles
Since Sunday, there has been an emphasis on placing Christ at the center of our lives, that even good things must come second to Christ. Today we celebrate two men who, in two unique ways, live that summons, even to death.
The Gospel shares St. Peter’s confession that Jesus Christ is the messiah, a proclamation of his role in Peter’s life: you are my all. Peter is proclaiming that Jesus is who the world has been waiting for since the beginning. Jesus is the savior and ruler of all things. This is no simple statement, no easy way to live. In this confession, Peter is placed at the head of the disciples in witness of his faith. It is this that the Church’s leadership is founded on!
St. Paul, who had been a persecutor of Christians, comes to believe and give his life for Christ. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he goes on to be the great theologian of the Church, writing many letters that make up much of the New Testament. His conversion lays the foundation and truth that the power of Christ is real—a man who had condoned murder is now a follower of Christ. No person is incapable of being transformed in Christ; there is always hope.
As we look toward these men for inspiration, let us remember that faith becomes the foundation of leadership and service towards others, even in our lives, and change is always possible in Christ. Life can be beautiful and meaningful if we are open to who Christ is and what he can do.
Reflection by Fr. Etienne Huard, OSB