READINGS for 2007-06-29
Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7
I was the one who made arrangements for my dad’s interment. I went to the office of the Memorial Park to settle our dues, which included the payment for the marker. I was asked by the office staff to choose the design for the marker – the font to be used, the layout and the epitaph. The staff showed me a list of possible epitaphs but they were so common and ordinary. She told me that I could make my own.
P S A L M
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
G O S P E L
T O D A Y ’ S BLESSING LIST
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Wisdom 14-16
Blessed Anne of Bartholomew
Anne was born on October 10, 1549 at Almeneral, Spain. She belonged to a peasant family, living as a shepherdess in her youth. By the age of 20, she joined the order of the Carmelites as a lay sister. She ran errands and performed tasks necessary for the community. Blessed Anne became good friends with Saint Teresa of Avila. Both visited and helped the community of nuns in their spiritual life. When Saint Teresa died, Anne continued her vocation.
The superiors opened a new convent in Paris, France. Anne was one of the five nuns chosen to head the convent. When the other four were assigned to the Netherlands, Anne served as the community s prioress. Eventually, Anne was also sent to the Netherlands. She helped in the establishment of new convents, visiting Mons then Antwerp. Young women who entered the convent thought of Anne as a saint.
Saints Valerius and Rufinus
Valerius and Rufinus were martyrs who died in c.287. There were two stories told on how these saints were martyred.
REFLECTION QUESTION: We do not have to be the same to be united and effective. Unity is about similarities, also about complementarities.
Peter maintained tradition while Paul symbolized a driving force to adapt and expand the Gospel to as far as he could go. Peter was the centripetal force that sought for the center while Paul was the centrifugal force that reached out to various cultures. They represented two complementary aspects of the Church.
The Church must always remain rooted in the tradition of the Apostles even as it must continue reaching out to all peoples. Without the centripetal force symbolized by Peter, the Church will become fragmented. Without the centrifugal drive of Paul, the Church will not become anything but a Jewish sect in Jerusalem.
Because we are the Church, what is true of the Church is true of our spiritual lives. We must hold on to the center, to the core of our faith: relationship with Christ. This relationship is the rock that fastens all the changes in our life brought about by sincere desire to respond to the needs and signs of the modern world. Like Paul, we also need to expand our horizon and inculturate the Faith.
Peter and Paul are two pillars of the Church. They were not the same but the Church stands firmly upon them until today. Fr. Bobby T.
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