Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
There are so many issues that tend to divide us today in our church. Some serious, some not so serious. To wear a face mask or not. To allow singing in churches during the pandemic or not. To make protecting the unborn of greater importance than protecting those already born. To expanding the incorporation of women into the leadership of the church or to remain limited to a male clerical structure. And so much more. What does this have to do with celebrating the feast of Saints Peter and Paul today?
This ancient feast celebrates the martyrdom of these giants of the early church in Rome in the year 64. It presents us with the opportunity to reflect on how they were united in death, united in faith, united in their common love of Jesus Christ, and united in their mission to guide the early church. Each came to faith in different ways. The first reading and the gospel give us insight into Peter’s experience, while the second reading presents us with Paul’s deep faith and conviction. Although united in their mission, they came from different perspectives on what that meant.
The controversy over the mission to the Gentiles, adherence to the Law, and differences in the interpretation of Scripture threatened to split the early church. And yet, their common faith in Christ enabled them to transcend ideology and bring the church to a new place of inclusion. It took humility and prayer to bring about a resolution.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard wrote: “People are afraid to be powerless and so are off their path. What can we do? Follow grace. Let the mind become accustomed to the truth which God’s grace is offering.”
How can we embrace the truth which God’s grace offers to us to resolve our differences and deepen our unity?
Let us pray:
Lord, send your Spirit of truth into our hearts. May we allow your grace to lead us to a place of unity and peace. Amen.
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