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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
6/28/2012 12:23 pm
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|Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul
| 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."
Today's prayer intention - for an end to abortion and the use of contraception.
In light of today's reading, and in light of St. Paul as well, it is good to think about proclaiming who Jesus Christ is.
What is interesting is that in today's reading, there is a lot of references of those who have proclaimed and pointed to Christ. Especially when thinking about St. John the Baptist, it is hard not to think about how he lept in the womb of his mother when Christ was before him. He has his way of proclaiming and pointing to Christ, just as Sts. Peter and Paul do as well.
Today is a great celebration in the Church. We rejoice in our first Pope and in the Saint who brought the faith to the West. We rejoice in two martyrs who proclaimed that Jesus Christ is Lord through their words and their blood. We rejoice in two Saints, one a fisherman and the other someone who persecuted Christians.
It is through their testimony ... their proclamation ... that we share in the faith that is a great gift and treasure for us. Let us rejoice in their proclamation and may we be active participants in proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Take care and God Bless.