Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 29, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The liturgical readings for today are powerful on this feastday of two
giants of the Church, Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Mixed into the readings
we see however, a gentle, caring God. When Peter was imprisoned and the
faithful prayed for his freedom, an angel appeared and assisted Peter in an
escape. It is worthy of note that the angel asked Peter to first put on his
belt and sandals, and then his cloak. Scripture tells us that the very
hairs on our head are numbered, that God knows us intimately, including all
our needs. Would most of us take time to gather our clothing and dress when
we were fleeing from the fate of death.? The angel instructed Peter to do
so, thus meeting his intimate needs. Who can say that God does not care
about our every need!
At the conclusion of the gospel we hear Christ eliciting an act of faith
from St. Peter. He then gives to Peter the 'Keys to the "Kingdom of Heaven"
making reference to the sacrament of Penance... "Whatever you bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth it shall be
loosened in heaven." (Mt. 16:19) One can wonder if the choice of
readings today points us toward the wonderful spiritual opportunity of the
Sacrament of Penance to clothe ourselves with innocence, with the Blood of
Christ poured out for our salvation, before we return again, as did Peter,
to our task at hand, to continue building up the Kingdom of God.
Saints Peter and Paul, clothe us with the Blood of Christ!
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
Lives of the saints:
Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Peter and Paul, apostles
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