Saints Peter and Paul, apostles: 29 June
Saints Peter and Paul made a significant contribution to the spread of the Christian faith after the death of Jesus Christ. St Peter is the 'Rock' upon which God built his church, promoting the ministry until he suffered persecution and eventually death. Meanwhile St Paul tirelessly preached the good news to the Gentiles until he was imprisoned and martyred in Rome.
Readings of the day
Acts 12:1-11 Describes how Peter was rescued from prison by an angel.
'Suddenly and angel of the Lord was standing there, and light shone in the cell. The angel tapped Peter on the side and woke him...'
2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18 Outlines Paul's reflection on his devoted life as a follower of Christ.
'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race...'
Matthew's gospel 16:13-19 Tells about the moment of Peter's profession of faith to Jesus.
'You are the Messiah, the son of the living God...'
Saint Paul on humility
Let the same mind be in you as was also in Christ Jesus.
Who, being in the form of God,
did not count equality with God
something to be grasped.
But he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
born in human likeness,
and found in human shape;
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient unto death, death on a cross.
And therefore God highly exalted hm,
and granted him the name above every name
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend
of beings heavenly, earthly and under the earth.
And every tongue acknowledge
that Jesus Christ is Lord
to the glory of God the Father.
Impulsive master of misunderstanding,
You comfort me with all your big mistakes;
Jumping the ship before you make the landing,
Placing the bet before you know the stakes.
I love the way you step out without knowing,
The way you sometimes speak before you think,
The way your broken faith is always growing,
The way he holds you even when you sink.
Born to a world that always tried to shame you,
Your shaky ego vulnerable to shame,
I love the way that Jesus chose to name you,
Before you knew how to deserve that name.
And in the end your Saviour let you prove
That each denial is undone by love.
From 'Sounding the Seasons - seventy sonnets for the Christian year' by Malcolm Guite.