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Parish Daily Update 6/28/20

Dear Parish Family,

“I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”         John 8:12

The link for today’s recorded Mass is here:   https://youtu.be/t2CqHCXk0c8

Prayer intention –  For Eloise Jackson, hospitalized with COVID-19.  For her health and total recovery.  And for her family, that they stay safe and healthy.

The Mass readings for tomorrow, along with Father Kevin’s homily, follow.

God bless you all!

Pam

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
June 29, 2020

First Reading:  Acts 12:1-11

In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.
He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. –It was the feast of Unleavened Bread. – He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.
He intended to bring him before the people after Passover. Peter thus was being kept in prison,
but prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God on his behalf. On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison. Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying,

“Get up quickly.”
The chains fell from his wrists.
The angel said to him, “Put on your belt and your sandals.”
He did so.
Then he said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.”
So he followed him out, not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate leading out to the city, which opened for them by itself. They emerged and made their way down an alley, and suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter recovered his senses and said,
“Now I know for certain that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod
and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting.”

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-

R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

Second Reading:  2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18

I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
and will bring me safe to his heavenly Kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Gospel:  Mt 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.”

Homily

Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-19

There was an old man who grew up in the country but found himself visiting the city for the first time. He had never been to school nor had ever left the remote mountain village of his childhood. He had worked hard his long life to provide for his family and was now enjoying his first visit to his children’s modern homes in the city.

One day, while walking through the city, the old man heard a sound that stung his ears. He had never heard such an awful noise in his quiet mountain village. He followed the grating sound to a small room at the back of a house. There a boy was practicing the violin — and badly. The old man’s son had to explain to him what a violin was. The old man decided he never wanted to hear such a horrible thing again.

The next day, the old man was exploring another part of the city when he heard the most enchanting melody he had ever heard. He followed the sound to its source. He finally came to the small studio where a woman was playing a sonata — on a violin. The old man immediately realized his mistake. The terrible sound he had heard the day before was not the fault of the instrument — nor that of the boy. The boy still had much to learn in order to realize the possibilities of the instrument. In the hands of a true maestro, a violin was a wondrous thing.

The third day of walking through the city, the old man heard a sound more beautiful and pure than what he heard the day before: a sound more beautiful than the cascade of the mountain streams in spring, the autumn wind in the mountain groves, the silence in the mountain hollows on a still winter’s night. The old man’s heart had never been so moved. Again, he followed the music until he came to a large hall. An orchestra was playing a symphony.

The wise old man understood. Strife and conflict are not caused by religion or belief, he realized; such divisions are the result of the student who had not learned the lessons of faith well. The true gift of God was, first, to learn to become a master of one’s own instrument — and then to put those skills at the service of other players to create the most beautiful of sounds.

 [From Who Ordered this Truckload of Dung? by Ajahn Brahm.]

Jesus establishes his church on the simple, heart-felt faith of each “player” and that individual player’s generosity in coming together with others to put each player’s “mastery” of his or her own instrument at the service of all.

Today we celebrate the two great saints and their witness to the Gospel of Jesus: the fisherman and the tentmaker who, despite showing little promise at first, came to “master” the music of the Spirit, enabling them to create the symphony of the Gospel of the Risen One.

Christ calls each one of us to be the “rock” of his church: to bring his love, justice and mercy to whatever place we can, one small act of kindness at a time. He entrusts to each one of us the “keys” to heaven: to unlock, through the faith we live and the work of our lives, the presence of God in our world. Faith is picking up our instrument to play the music of his justice and mercy, of hope and compassion, for a despairing and broken world.  

O God, you raised up the fisherman Peter to be the first among Jesus’ company to confess him as your Son; you called Paul from seeking to destroy your Son’s Church to becoming its principal architect. Help us to take up the music of your Son’s transforming Gospel in order to become, like Peter and Paul, agents of reconciliation, architects of peace and ministers of your Son’s Gospel of justice.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present

in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

I ask You to come spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You, trusting that you are already there and I unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

St. Peter and Paul

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul or Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Peter and Paul, which is observed on 29 June. The celebration is of ancient Christian origin, the date selected being the anniversary of either their death or the translation of their relics.

Peter rescued from the power of Herod, and Paul protected from his enemies proclaim with their lives that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.

Peter died about 64 in Rome under Nero.  Paul according to tradition was martyred in Rome about 67.

The Desposito Martyrum (258) places the Solemnity of these apostles on this date.  Both are the principal patrons of Rome and are mentioned in the Roman Canon.

It is a holy day of obligation in the Latin Church, although individual conferences of bishops can and have suppressed the obligation.  It has been suppressed in the United States.   In England, Scotland and Wales the feast is observed as a holy day of obligation. The Feast ceased being a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States in 1840.   In Malta it is a public holiday.

On this feast, newly created metropolitan archbishops receive from the pope the pallium, the primary symbol of their office.

The Anglican Communion celebrates the Feast of St Peter and St Paul on 29th June as a lesser festival.

The Lutheran Churches celebrate 29 June as the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul; it holds the rank of a Lesser Festival.