Witnesses of Jesus

The WORD in Other Words by Fr Fiel Filmar SVD (Philippines)

Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul — June 29

Acts 12:1-11, 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18, Mt 16:13-19

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. The opening prayer at mass   says: “Grant, we pray, O Lord our God, that we may be sustained by the intercession  of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul, that, as through them, you gave your Church   the foundation of her heavenly office, so through them you may help her to eternal   salvation.” 

On this day too, newly created metropolitan archbishops receive from the   pope the pallium, the symbol of the jurisdiction delegated to them by the Holy See. It   is a circular band worn about the neck, breast and shoulder, and with two pendants —   one hanging down in front and the other one at the back. It is also decorated with six   black crosses, one on each tail and four on the loop.   

Today‘s feast brings us to the location of Caesarea Philippi. This place is unusually   beautiful, very lush and full of life as it has always been one of the main sources of the River Jordan:   It was in this place where Jesus asked his apostles: “Who do you say that I am?”   This question is applicable to us as well. Today, where money, power, fame and   pleasure can become little gods, “Who do you say that I am?” is a question that needs an answer coupled with faith commitment. 

As we remember Saints Peter and Paul today, let us also ask ourselves: Who is Jesus in my life? How do I experience Him   personally? How can I give witness to Him in others? 

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