The Martyrdom of Peter and Paul

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Peter was the ‘Rock’ upon which Christ built His Church and served as Her first Pope; and Paul, becoming the Apostle to the Gentile nations.

Both serve as guides to our Faith; Peter, being that first Pope, can symbolize fidelity to Her traditions, apostolic authority and the unity of Her teachings. Paul can symbolize evangelical zeal and utter devotion to spreading the Gospel regardless of the physical or material cost. He loved Christ so much that “it was no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Paul directly received the Gospel from Our Lord, possibly during the three days he was disabled in Damascus. This establishes that Paul’s message was actually Jesus’. (So much the contention that “Jesus never said anything about insert favorite depravity here in the Gospel.” Yes, He did; through Paul.)

The two bear witness to Christ and His mercy. Peter denied Christ three times on Holy Thursday and was forgiven when asked three times by Jesus before His Ascension “Do you love me…. feed my sheep, etc.” Paul was forgiven despite being the biggest persecutor of the Early Christians.

Despite theses deep failings, Jesus still used them to establish His Church and expand it throughout the world.

Always hope for us, who deny Christ far more often than Peter did in a day; and Paul, in tacitly abetting in the persecution of the Church by not standing up to it.

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