Tag Archives: St. Peter

21st Sunday of the Year: Christ is the key to our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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As Peter receives the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, we know that we have hope for our hearts; for although the netherworld will not prevail in this spiritual battle, it will seek to keep us from Christ, who offers strength for our souls.

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

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19th Sunday of the Year: Will we walk on the water with the Lord?

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Study:  Recall a moment in life when you were doubtful or afraid.  How did you face it?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the strength and wisdom to face doubts and fears.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who is struggling with doubts or fears?  How might you help them?

19th Sunday of the Year Readings

This Gospel story (Matthew 14:22-33) follows immediately after the reading from last week.  Here’s a quick recap:

* Jesus hears of the death of John the Baptist
* Jesus seeks solitude in a deserted place
* The crowds find Jesus; he ministers to them
* Jesus feeds the hungry with fishes & bread

After the people have eaten, the Lord makes the disciples get into a boat while he dismisses the crowd.  The following events occur:
1.  The disciples are in the boat on the water
2.  Jesus goes up the mountain to pray alone
3.  The wind and the waves are getting strong
4.  Late at night Jesus comes on the water
5.  Seeing Jesus, the disciples are terrified
6.  Jesus, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
7.  Peter to Jesus “Command me to come to you.”
8.  Peter goes to Jesus, is frightened and sinks
9.  Jesus rescues Peter “Why did you doubt?”
10. The disciples:  “Truly you are the Son of God!”

Note that Matthew’s Gospel differs from Mark’s account (6:45-52) in three ways:
1.  The dialogue between Jesus and Peter
2.  Peter walking (sort of) on the water
3.  Confession of faith – Jesus the Son of God

The story speaks of Peter’s desire to follow Jesus, even as it clearly shows his human weakness.  Peter tries, fails, and calls upon Jesus to save him in his need.  As a result, the disciples recognize the Son of God in their midst.

The early Church took this passage to heart.  Like the boat tossed on the waters, early Christians knew all too well the dangers of faith – risking their lives to follow Jesus.  Like Peter, they had their moments of weakness; like Peter, they called upon the Lord in their need.

We can see ourselves in this situation as well.  There are times when we desperately want a strong and steadfast faith; we seek the Lord and desire to follow His path for our lives.  Yet we are also aware of our limitations, failures, and fears.  May we, like Peter, call upon Jesus in our need; may we trust in the Lord’s strength and love to save us.

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Note: This post was first published on August 4, 2014.


St. Peter and St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

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Saint Peter and Saint Paul – two of the great heavy-hitters in Heaven – remind us that the Lord continues to call imperfect people every day to offer their lives for the glory of God.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul

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Daily Mass: Finishing one chapter to begin another. Catholic Inspiration

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As we finish our Easter readings from the Acts of the Apostles, we see how both Peter and Paul commit their lives to the Lord. As a chapter of their lives comes to an end, they point us to the beginning of our final destination: eternal life!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: What we can control when we can’t control anything. Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter and St. Paul remain true to the Lord even though they will be imprisoned and killed. May their example inspire us to choose Christ when all other choices have been taken away.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: St. Peter’s faith is put into practice. Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter’s words to Jesus in the Gospel are witnessed in the miracles he performs in the Lord’s name. May his example inspire us to put our faith into practice!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: St. Peter responds to opposition. Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter’s bold response in faith to the opposition reveals an example we can follow as we face the challenges before us today.

Mass Readings – Friday in the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: St. Peter leads people to Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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As the people draw near to St. Peter, amazed by the healing of a crippled man, he redirects the attention on himself to give glory to Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday in the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: St. Peter heals in the name of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

The healing miracle in the Acts of the Apostles reveals the power of the resurrection as Peter acts in the name of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: St. Peter preaches repentance. Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter exhorts the crowd to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. We hear these words in this Easter season because repentance is an ongoing part of our life in the Lord.

Mass Readings – Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

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