The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Hey everyone.  I chose today to blog for a very good reason.  It’s the Feast of Saints Peter & Paul.

I have tons of respect for St. Paul.  He reminds me that God can change the hardest of hearts.  St. Paul killed as many Christians as he could until the Lord literally knocked him off his horse, or maybe it was a donkey.  Anyway, he was struck blind.  Talk about powerful conversions!  He goes on to give us so many beautiful words of faith.  One of my favorites:

“What will separate us from the love of Christ? For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I love this scripture.  It just lifts me up.

While I respect and honor St. Paul, it’s St. Peter that I LOVE!!  He puts his foot in his mouth all the time, just like us.  I love St. Peter because he puts his whole heart into his love for Jesus.  He jumps in without looking first, like when he jumps into the water to meet Christ who is walking on the water and then realizes what he’s done and starts to sink.  Wholehearted faith and then failure to trust.  Isn’t that us?  When Jesus tells Peter that he wants to wash his feet, Peter says that Jesus will never wash his feet and Jesus tells him that he must or Peter won’t have salvation.  What does Peter do?  He gets totally over excited and asks the Lord to wash his hands and his face.  I’m sure he would have gone on and on but Jesus more or less tells him to calm down.  When Jesus asks who people are saying He is (yes they gossiped in Biblical times too) the disciples mention Moses, Elijah or John the Baptist.  Jesus asks them , “But who do YOU say that I am?”  And what does Peter say?  The most amazing act of faith and love ever!  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!”  And that’s when Jesus gives Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven and makes him our first Pope.  Peter is totally awesome.

So, next time you need the support of powerful men of faith, (that goes for the girls too) try Saints Peter & Paul.  They are the best.



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