Thursday 29th June: Saints Peter and Paul

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

ALS169577 St. Peter and St. Paul (fresco) by Italian School, (15th century) fresco Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena, Gressan, Italy Seat Alinari Italian, out of copyright

Reflection

We would probably go to confession to Peter sooner than to any of the other apostles. Why? Because Peter would understand our weakness. In faith he walked on water, in fear and doubt he sank. He resisted the attempt to arrest Jesus, but then ran away. He promised he would never deny Jesus, but did. Peter shed many tears over this, he was truly repentant. Jesus not only forgave him but told him to strengthen the fallen. From the depths Peter was raised to be the leader of the Church.

Paul was similarly changed. Blinded by the light of the Risen Jesus on the road to Damascus he accepted he was badly mistaken in persecuting the young church. Humbled and changed he became one of the most dynamic and courageous ambassadors of Christ the world has ever seen. Persecution and difficulty became his day to day cross, material for further transformation. The dying Christ was in him; the living Christ was his life.

When we go to Mass today, who do you feel like? A Peter or a Paul? Or a bit of both! At Mass ask Jesus to help you see the abundent life He wants to offer you by transforming you just as he transformed Peter and Paul.

Prayer

Loving Father, both Peter and Paul were radically changed when you touched there lives. We places our lives into your hands and ask you to transform us too. Let us become the beautiful people you have made us to be. In Jesus name,

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.