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?