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The Keys and the Sword (#430, Sts Peter and Paul)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles. Peter and Paul were very different. Peter was relatively uneducated, a hard-worker with a big heart. His keys remind us of his Ministry to build up the Church. Paul was an intellectual who wrote, preached, and was the face of the Church’s Mission to unbelievers. Both were motivated by the same thing: a real love for Jesus. Do we have a love for Jesus? This must be the motivation behind both our Ministry to other Christians and our Mission to unbelievers. The other thing that Peter and Paul teach us is that God accepts and uses all kinds of different people in His work. God needs your gifts too. Accept the call He offers you: “Come, follow me.”

(29 Jun 2014)

Saint Peter in sunlight

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19)

 

 

Saint Paul with swordFor the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)