29 Jun Mon - FEAST OF SS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES

6/28/2020 5:43:34 PM
Acts 12:1-11 /Ps. 34(33):2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 /2 Tim. 4:6-8, 17-18 / Mt. 16:13-19 (Psalter proper)

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Today we remember and celebrate the memory of two great apostles. Both of them gave themselves entirely to their Lord, Jesus, and both of them faced tremendous persecution, culminating in death in Rome.

Peter and Paul were focused on the person of Jesus. Their relationship with him was everything for them. Jesus called them away from their former lives. He missioned them. Daily, it was Jesus who sustained them and gave them life and passion.

Peter and Paul were transformed by the Holy Spirit. They went from being such unlikely apostles to being 'on fire' with sharing the Good News of salvation given to us in Jesus. They had the courage and total trust in God. In their passion, they had discernment and openness to let the Spirit lead them. They were open to let their differences be resolved in dialogue and trust in the Spirit's presence among them. And, led by the Spirit to Rome, they surren-dered to death as their Saviour had done for them.

Finally, Peter and Paul never lost sight that they were sinners ” loved sinners, sent to share the power of God's love in Jesus. It kept them humble, compassionate with other sinners, always confident in God's loving mercy. They were always aware that their salvation was a tremen-dous gift, which they had not earned.

Most loving Father, let us be renewed today in our relationship with your Son, Jesus. Let this day be filled with gratitude for the example of Peter and Paul, and accompanying us with your Spirit. Amen. 
 

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6月29日( 一 )   聖伯多祿及聖保祿宗徒節

宗徒大事錄 12:1-11
聖詠 34[33]:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9
弟茂德後書 4:6-8,16-18
瑪竇福音 16:13-19

默想自己的死亡,對我們基督徒來說,向來都是個有效益的祈禱練習。為今天的節日,取自弟茂德後書的第二篇讀經,被視作聖保祿臨終的反省。不過,既然傳統教導我們,保祿乃殉道致死的,那麼,這篇反省就不大可能是出自他的手筆。

無論如何,這是天主的聖言,有助我們反省自身,察看自己面對死亡的態度。由眼前的一刻,回顧我們的一生,我們有沒有信心,有沒有勇氣,這樣肯定地說:「這場好仗,我已打完;這場賽跑,我已跑到終點」?這不僅僅只是經過與病魔的一番糾纏,最終面對死亡的肯定,當中涉及的,是我們對天主的忠誠。

主,當我知道我離世的時刻到了,求祢讓我欣然獲悉我一直都對祢忠誠,我死而無憾了。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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