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Sunday June 30th. 2013
Since the feast of Saints Peter and Paul fell on a Saturday this year, it was only a day of devotion and not a holiday of obligation. In our own day, when Christianity is being attacked at every level, it is good that we recalled  this feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Our Lord built his Church on the lives of these two men - St Peter, our leader in faith, and St Paul, its fearless preacher. They remind us that everything we know and believe comes to us from the apostles.—and came at a cost to their lives! Peter Peter a fisherman with little or no schooling,blissfully unaware of the greater world outside of Galilee. He first came into contact with Jesus by the lakeshore where his boat served as the master's earliest pulpit. By nature, Peter was full of energy and impetuous. There was nothing cunning about him. If he had a strong feeling about something he let you know. The gospels go to great lengths stress his weaknesses for he had a tendency to act first and think later. Peter was never at his best when relying on his himself. When he thought he  could walk on water, he sank. At the Last Supper he made the bold claim to remain a loyal and steadfast friend of Christ to the bitter end. 'Even though  all the others deny you, I will never deny you”.  Before the night was over, he denied knowing Jesus three ! We can sense his appalling misery as Our Lord gazed  at him with a look of love. Peter experiences Our Lord’s forgiveness and is given the wonderful task of shepherd of the flock. One thing Peter teaches us that failure can be the finger God pointing the way, awakening within us an awareness of our own
weakness., and how we must place all our trust in God rather than in ourselves. Paul We first meet Paul in the Acts of the Apostles, on the edge of  a murderous mob that is stoning St Stephen to death. And he approves of this terrible deed. Paul was a champion of the old Jewish religion as well as a fierce foe of the Christian way of life. He even scoured the countryside in search of Christians to persecute them. It was on one such escapade to Damascus that his life was suddenly changed. A flash of light threw him to the ground and he heard Jesus calling out, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' At that moment he realised that to persecute Christians was to persecute Christ who somehow lived in the members of his Church. His name was changed to Paul, and from this time onward,  he was driven to share the truth of the gospel by his all-consuming love for the crucified Christ by his missionary journeys implanting the seeds of the gospel throughout  much of the Mediterranean world. On approaching  the local synagogues, he  frequently violent persecution and resulted in his being beaten, and imprisoned. The outcome was that he found himself preaching to Gentile audiences who proved to be more receptive to his message. As well as being a missionary he was an intellectual who thought through the great questions of faith.  While they lived, Peter and Paul had different parts to play in the life of the new Church. They were different in background and character and represented two different approaches, which caused tension for a little while. Peter moved slowly to the new ideas that the Christian faith was all embracing. It had been his view that things should remain as Jesus left them and it took nothing less than a special vision before he understood that the Gentiles could also become Christians on equal terms with the Jewish converts. Both apostles were martyred in Rome under the persecution of the Emperor Nero. According to tradition, Paul was be­headed and Peter met his end by stretching his hands out on a cross, just as his master had done., but requested to be crucified upside down as he was unworthy to die as his master died. Both may have been scapegoats for the scorching of the city of Rome, but they did light a fire that has gone out. For this we give thanks,  and this is why the Church honours them with a special feast day in their honour.
Anniversary We remember in our prayers at Mass this weekend,  Ronald Kennedy, Bohuntin, whose anniversary is on Monday, and for whom the 10 a,.m. Mass will be said on that day.  Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. Mass at Cille Choirill today at 3 p.m. This is the Year of Faith  which Pope Benedict  initiated to renew our Faith in God and in the Church, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council At Mass this afternoon at Cille Choirill, we will remember those who lie at
rest in the cemetery, many who lived during difficult times, some in the penal days when the practice of the faith was forbidden, and also dangerous to attend. This why the Mass stone was used to say Mass out in the open so that no family whose house was used for Mass could be persecuted and their house burned down.
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29th—was a day of devotion
The crucifixion of Saint Peter
St. Paul is beheaded