FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12th Saturday of Ordinary Time
SAINTS PETER and PAUL
June 29, 2019
WORD of the DAY
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it”. (Matthew 16: 15-18)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus changes the name of Simon, son of Jonah, and in the new name – Peter –his mission, which he will be called to carry out, is indicated: to become a stone on which He can build the Church. But not because he is good, intelligent, “neither flesh nor blood has revealed this to you” but because “the Father has revealed Him to you” (Mt 16-17). Even Saul will realize that when Jesus is encountered, life changes completely and he will pass from Saul to Paul, that is ‘little’, because “I have been crucified with Christ, yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me”(Gal 2:19 b-20). Both of them with their passionate and unreserved love for Jesus put their lives at the service of others: Peter in the ministry of authority at the service of communion and unity; and Paul in attentive listening to the Spirit who continuously opens borders and paths for the proclamation of the Gospel. Peter and Paul have two different roles in the life of the Church but lived them in communion and complementarity. Entering our lives, the Lord puts us at the disposal of others, each one for the name we bear. For this service to remain a sign of our passionate love for Christ, it must have the dimension of communion, synodality, and complementarity.
Today I will pray to the Lord for Pope Francis.
The Voice of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
The outgoing Church is a Church with open doors. Going out towards others to reach the human peripheries does not mean running towards the world without a direction and without meaning. Many times it is better to slow down the pace, set aside anxiety in order to look into the eyes and listen, or give up urgencies in order to accompany those who have remained at the edge of the road. Sometimes it is like the father of the prodigal son, who remains with the doors open so that when the son returns, he can enter without difficulty.
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