by Sister Sally Ann Brickner
This week our Catholic Church deviates from the Sunday Scripture readings to commemorate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. As "disciples on the way," each of them offered profound witness of evangelization, of living the "joy of the Gospel." During the US Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve (June 21 to July 4) may we reflect on the readings of this feast day to learn about the examples of Saints Peter and Paul. Both chose to serve Jesus (and accept death) over political power that was contrary to the Gospel.
Witness of Prayer -- Unwavering trust in the Lord sustained both Peter and Paul throughout every evil threat whether it came from within the Jewish or gentile communities.
Witness of Discipleship -- Saints Peter and Paul took up their crosses daily and followed Jesus just as He asked His disciples to do. They were martyred because of their belief in Jesus' teachings.
Witness as Missionaries -- Jesus sent his disciples to "Go out to all the world and spread the Good News" from Galilee to Jerusalem, and on to Rome. Every day Saints Peter and Paul shared their personal relationship with Jesus and the depth of His love for them and for all in the world.
Prayer, discipleship, and mission as exemplified by Saints Peter and Paul show us what "freedom to serve" really is, even to the point of giving our lives for others.
Thanks, Sally Ann, for the succinct correlation of evangelization and Sunday's readings. Prayer, discipleship, mission...how clear is that?
Thanks you, Sally. We are all missionaries.