Thursday, June 29, 2006
Simon Peter said in reply,"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:16
The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. 2Timothy4:17
We have the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul today. The one whom God chose to reveal who Jesus is. He was given the honor of getting the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Where we have been given the legacy of those keys being passed down to each person who succeeds the other. Peter was the first to be given these keys. In his generosity he has given them to the next worthy person. With prayers of Divine guidance as their journey unfolds.
And Paul the one whom God called to conversion, gives us his proclamation. His was a tremendous conversion of the heart, mind and soul. His was an instantaneous conversion, not one that is done with progression of time. His conversion gave us a faith and love that shows us the power of God's love. It is often the desire of many to have this type of conversion. One that removes all, and stirs us on to give glory for God's kingdom.
I'm often reminded of the times I too denied my Lord, just as Peter did, and I am reminded of God's calling of my heart to his as he did with Paul. Do we think upon these great saints and think how our life would be like if God did intervene in it as he did with them. What would we be doing differently? How would we be acting and speaking with others. What do we see as a change in our lives, like Saul was changed and then became Paul, for God's witness.