Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Intention: For a spirit of freedom in our nation that is both determined and compassionate, both adventurous and wise, both challenging and inclusive.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, 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.  I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

From the Meditation on Saint Peter

Do you have faith that is able to touch the hearts of your students and to inspire them with the Christian spirit? This is the greatest miracle you can perform and the one that God asks of you, for this is the purpose of your work.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your Son challenged people to accept and follow him.  Like Peter, may we fight our way through our stubbornness and doubts and open our eyes and hearts to his truth.  Make of us worthy proclaimers of the Gospel, fill us with a passion for discipleship, for building your Kingdom by living lives of service and justice.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.