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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GALATIANS 2:1-2, 7-14)

(Week 27 of the year: Wednesday)

THEY RECOGNISED THE GRACE GOD HAD GIVEN TO ME.

Then, after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus with me.

And I went up according to revelation; and communicated to them the gospel, which I preach among the Gentiles, but apart to them who seemed to be some thing: lest perhaps I should run, or had run in vain.

But contrariwise, when they had seen that to me was committed the gospel of the uncircumcision, as to Peter was that of the circumcision.[*]

(For he who wrought in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, wrought in me also among the Gentiles.

And when they had known the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship: that we should go unto the Gentiles, and they unto the circumcision:

Only that we should be mindful of the poor: which same thing also I was careful to do.

But when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

For before that some came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them who were of the circumcision.

And to his dissimulation the rest of the Jews consented, so that Barnabas also was led by them into that dissimulation.

But when I saw that they walked not uprightly unto the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all: If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of the Gentiles, and not as the Jews do, how dost thou compel the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

[*] “The gospel of the uncircumcision”. The preaching of the gospel to the uncircumcised, that is, to the Gentiles. St Paul was called in an extraordinary manner to be the apostle of the Gentiles; St Peter, besides his general commission over the whole flock (John 21:15 etc.) had a peculiar charge of the people of circumcision, that is, of the Jews.

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GALATIANS 1:13-24)

(Week 27 of the year: Tuesday)

GOD REVEALED HIS SON IN ME, SO THAT I MIGHT PREACH THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT HIM TO THE PAGANS.

For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion: how that, beyond measure, I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it.

And I made progress in the Jews’ religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

But when it pleased him, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,

To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles, immediately I condescended not to flesh and blood.

Neither went I to Jerusalem, to the apostles who were before me: but I went into Arabia, and again I returned to Damascus.

Then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem, to see Peter, and I tarried with him fifteen days.

But other of the apostles I saw none, saving James the brother of the Lord.

Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.

Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea, which were in Christ:

But they had heard only: He, who persecuted us in times past, doth now preach the faith which once he impugned:

And they glorified God in me.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 9:18-22)

(Week 25 of the year: Friday)

YOU ARE THE CHRIST OF GOD. THE SON OF MAN IS DESTINED TO SUFFER GRIEVOUSLY.

One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples he put this question to them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life.” “But you,” he said, “who do you say I am?” It was Peter who spoke up. “The Christ of God” he said. But he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone anything about this.

“The Son of Man” he said “is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 14:22-36)

TELL ME TO COME TO YOU ACROSS THE WATER.

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a headwind. In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified. “It is a ghost” they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, “Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.” It was Peter who answered. “Lord,” he said “if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.” “Come” said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink. “Lord! Save me!” he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. “Man of little faith,” he said “why did you doubt?” And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the local people recognised him they spread the news through the whole neighbourhood and took all that were sick to him, begging him just to let them touch the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched it were completely cured.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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“FOR US ST PETER, AND HIS SUCCESSORS, IS THE SIGN OF THE UNITY OF THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS”

“One of the saints that we celebrate in our solemnity today is St Peter. We recall that Jesus said to St Peter, ‘You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.’ (Mt 16:18-19)

For us St Peter, and his successors, is the sign of the unity of the followers of Jesus. St Cyprian of Carthage said, ‘It is on Peter that He (Jesus) builds the Church, and to him He entrusts the sheep to feed. And although He assigns a like power to all the Apostles, yet He founded a single chair, thus establishing by His own authority the source and hall mark of the Church’s unity.’ Because of this truth St Cyprian can also ask, ‘If a man does not hold fast to this unity of Peter, does he imagine that he still holds the faith? If he deserts the chair of Peter upon which the Church was built, does he still have confidence that he is in the Church?’

The great saints always understood this great truth about the need to show respect and loyalty to St Peter, and the Popes throughout the ages who have succeeded him. St Jerome wrote to Pope Damasus, ‘I follow no leader but Christ and join in communion with none but Your Blessedness, that is, with the chair of Peter. I know that this is the rock on which the Church has been built. Whoever eats the Lamb outside this house is profane. Anyone who is not in the ark of Noah will perish when the flood prevails.’ St Catherine of Sienna wrote to Pope Gregory XI, ‘Take care that I do not have to complain about you to Jesus crucified. There is no one else I can complain to, for you have no superior on earth.’

Let us always believe that where St Peter is, there is the Church. And where the Church is, no death is there, but eternal life. Today we give our respect and loyalty to Pope Francis and pray for him, that he may always have the strength needed to lead us in the Church.”
– From: “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris” (June 2014)

 

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INTERCESSIONS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES

You sent your Apostles to preach the Gospel to all nations. With gratitude, we pray:

R. Your word, O Lord, is spirit and life!

For the Pope and bishops to whom you have continued to entrust the apostolic task so faithfully carried out by Saints Peter and Paul:
– strengthen them to preach your Gospel by word and deed. (R.)

For the whole Church to whom you have given the word of life through the ministry of the Apostles:
– confirm your people in fidelity and zeal. (R.)

For the world which awaits the good news:
– illumine those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. (R.)

(Personal intentions)

Our Father…

O Lord our God, you have given us this day of holy joy to celebrate the memory of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul; grant your Church wholehearted fidelity to their teaching. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES; GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 16:13-19)

YOU ARE PETER, AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But you,” he said, “who do you say I am?” Then Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Christ,” he said, “the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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