Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
June 29, 2022
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
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Peter and Paul are the two hands of Christ after his ascension in to Heaven. St. Peter recognized Jesus identity – as Messiah in a very supernatural way. It is not easy to recognize Jesus as Messiah unless a supernatural revelation from God . When we have a close relationship with Jesus , God the Father pours out his love the Holy spirit upon them and this love reveals the secrets of the kingdom of God. The most secret of the Kingdom of God is to know Jesus Christ as he is , who he is and what he is . The realization of this identity of Messiah follows with the mission of Messiah. St. Peter left everything and followed him and died as a Martyr. It is like a person finds a precious Pearl and sells everything to buy that precious pearl and that pearl becomes his everything in life.
St.Paul got a vision of Christ not in a relationship with Jesus but in persecution to Jesus. St. Paul was ignorant or blinded of the Zeal for the Law. There was nothing wrong in his Zeal for God of his time and as a Pharisee. Jesus shows mercy upon him and reveals himself to this Young man his real nature and gives him the interpretation of the Law in the Light of the Holy spirit, Soul becomes Paul. Every person who is born in flesh must transform and take second birth in the Spirit of God. St. Paul is the main architect to build the Body of Christ specially the Gospels and Epistles in the Bible which changed Kings and Princes, Scientists and Philosophers, Merchants and Soldiers. St. Paul considered his physical death was a gain to meet his divine Master because he had overcome the fear of death.
The revelation or the transformation experience is must for every Christian who wants to follow Christ otherwise the journey with Christ may lead to a wrong destination. If a follower of Christ not able to see the Master and guide , as he is, he or she will not be able follow him and listen to him. There will be so much confusion in the Christian journey , God can not work in their lives because their ways do not align with the ways of Christ. If a Christian not born in the Spirit like Peter and Paul he or she will not be able to do the mission of Christ. Ministry starts with a Revelation or Transformation in the Spirit of God. Many people serve Christ but very few people serve the real body of Christ in this World.
Prayer: Lord reveal yourself to us so that we may see you as you are…Amen
To Do Today : Book a Life in the Spirit Seminar or Jesus Encounter retreat or a growth Retreat to experience Jesus as he is and for the transformation experience,