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Reflection for Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul (June 29)

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First Reading
Acts of the Apostles 12:1-11
An angel rescues Peter from prison.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 34:2-9
The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

Second Reading
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
Lonely and awaiting death, Paul takes consolation from his life work for the Gospel.

Gospel Reading
Matthew 16:13-19
Peter is given the name “Rock” (Peter) by Jesus, is told that the Church of Christ will be built on him, and that he has charge of the keys to heaven.

Reflection
Veneration of the two great Apostles, Peter and Paul, has its roots in the very foundations of the Church. They are the solid rock on which the Church is built. They are at the origin of her faith and will forever remain her protectors and her guides. To them Rome owes her true greatness, for it was under God’s providential guidance that they were led to make the capital of the Empire, sanctified by their martyrdom, the centre of the Christian world whence should radiate the preaching of the Gospel.

St Peter suffered martyrdom under Nero, in AD 66 or 67. He was buried on the hill of the Vatican where recent excavations have revealed his tomb on the very site of the Basilica of St Peter.  St Paul was beheaded in the Via Ostia on the spot where now stands the basilica bearing his name. Down the centuries Christian people in their thousands have gone on pilgrimage to the tombs of these Apostles. In the second and third centuries, the Roman Church already stood pre-eminent by reason of her apostolicity, the infallible truth of her teaching and her two great figures, Sts Peter and Paul.

A partial indulgence may be gained today by anyone who makes devout use of a religious article blessed by any priest but “if the article of devotion has been blessed by the Sovereign Pontiff or by any Bishop, the faithful, using it, can also gain a plenary indulgence, provided they also make a profession of faith (e.g. the Apostles Creed), as long as the usual conditions are satisfied. – catholicculture.org

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