Monday, June 29, 2015

How is partnership in Christ practiced in your ministries and fellowships? - Daily Reflections June 29,2015

Today we commemorate the death of the two great Apostles — Peter and Paul. Tradition holds that both of them died around this time, on the same day, in Rome, around the years 64-67 AD, during the anti-Christian persecution of the emperor Nero. Peter was crucified upside down, as he indicated to his torturers, at what is now the Vatican. Paul, a Jew but a citizen of Rome, was given a faster death: by beheading.
       We reflect on the partnership of these two Apostles whom we consider as important pillars of the Catholic faith especially:
       Their strong faith that led them to martyrdom flowed from personal experiences with Jesus. Peter was, of course, one of the Twelve who witnessed Jesus’ earthly ministry, death and resurrection. Paul had a personally significant faith-experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus (cf Acts 9).
       They learned to complement and respect each one’s call and mission. Peter preached and taught greatly among the Jews; Paul evangelized non-Jews. They recognized these special calling for each one during the Council in Jerusalem (cf Galatians 2:1-10). The work started out by Jesus was something too big for one person to continue doing. The Holy Spirit distributes various charisms to different persons for this purpose.
       They learned to serve Jesus, according to Jesus’ terms. Jesus Himself told Peter: when Peter was young, he went where he wanted. Now someone ties him and he will have to allow himself to be led (cf John 21:14-19). Paul began to see that his way of witnessing was not just through active preaching as he wanted. But through his imprisonments and death. Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: How is partnership in Christ practiced in your ministries and fellowships? What do you find striking in the life of Peter and of Paul? How do they inspire you? How ready are you to offer your life for the Christian faith?
As Peter and Paul witness to You, Lord, help me to be a witness to others, too.

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