This coming Sunday, we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. You could look at these two and see that they could be considered two of the pioneering fathers of our faith. Peter being our first Pope, which we see in the Gospel reading, and Paul authoring much of the New Testament through his letters and travels around the world.
Our first reading from Acts 12 describes what seems to be a dismal situation for Peter. Facing certain execution, Peter is freed from prison by an angel sent by the Lord. The angel rescues him from several “impossible” situations. Breaking his chains, opening the cell, passing multiple guards, and ultimately through the gates of the city. Peter’s faith in the Lord saved him. He wasn’t sure what was going on around him but he trusted that God would deliver him. How many times are we faced with similar situations? While most of us hopefully have not and will not face execution, we all have experienced situations that are confusing, stressful and even scary. Do you have trust in God that He will deliver you? Sometimes that is all we have! As fathers, we need to teach our children that when all seems lost, when we aren’t sure what is going on or what to do, putting your full trust in Jesus Christ ensures that you will come out on the other side.
2 Timothy brings Paul proclaiming something that should ring in your ears constantly. “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept my faith.” At the end of each day, when you are lying in bed, you should be able to say this with confidence. Days will turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years. If you do this every single day, at the end of your life, “the crown of righteousness” will await you.
The Gospel brings us a familiar reading. Christ asks His disciples, “who do you say that I am?” Essentially, the Son of God is saying (paraphrased of course) “Forget the people in the village, forget the Pharisees and the Sadducees, who do YOU guys think I am?” They all stare at Him and again, Peter’s trust comes through, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Peter is the only one to step up and proclaim what he knows to be the truth. At this point, Jesus hands him the keys of the kingdom, thus promoting him to the papacy in preparation for Christ’s ascension into Heaven.
Going into this weekend, let’s reflect on Peter and Paul and follow their examples of Godly men. Let us teach our children to trust fully in the Lord when things are hopeless. Let us show our children we strive each and every day to keep our faith and let us ensure that our children know who our risen Lord is. Jesus Christ, the Son of the ever living God.
“Lord God, help us to trust in you more every day and pass that trust to our families. Let us learn from the examples of your blessed disciples Peter and Paul and be the same servants to you as they were. Amen.
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