Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Readings for June 29, 2014 — Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Acts 12:1-11; Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19

  • In the first reading, St. Peter is rescued by God. After being put in prison, an angel comes to free Peter. Peter realizes that God rescued him so that he can be an example to others. How has God rescued you from a bad situation? Did you ever feel that it was for a greater purpose? How can you be an example of God’s love to others?

  • In the second reading, as St. Paul’s life comes to an end, he reflects on the good he has done in his life. He had “competed well.” He knew that when he passed, God would reward him for preaching the Gospel throughout his life. While not a perfect formula for reaching eternal life, it is important to pay attention to Scripture messages and how they relate to your life today, just as St. Paul did. Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? Look for another verse that you haven’t heard before that you feel relates to where you are right now.