St Peter and Paul

“You are Peter and, on this rock, I will build my Church.”

Matthew 16:13-19

So many saints have their own feast days, but Saints Peter and Paul share their feast day. In many ways they were very different. St Peter was a simple Jewish fisherman. St Paul was an expert in the Jewish law who spoke several languages. But they both betrayed Jesus early in their ministries. Then they  both became rocks on which Jesus built His church and they were both martyred in Rome.

We can reflect of the lives of these 2 great saints and see how Jesus was able to use them. St Paul writes in his letters how we are all part of the Body of Christ and we all have our parts to play in the Mission of spreading the Good News. Who do we identify with more – St Peter who was passionate and impulsive in his faith, or St Paul who was passionate in a more intellectual way? Jesus, please help us to see our strengths and our weaknesses so that we can rely on you and we can share our gifts so that you can keep building your church on Earth.