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28th June 2015 - Ss. Peter & Paul

posted 29 Jun 2015, 05:48 by StJohns Annitsford   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 ]

H.B. & Hw.

So the message of Christianity is a universal: It embraces the infinite complexity of our lives and is the rhyme and reason of the universe. At last we have two men who realise there is nothing outside the Christ of God, who is the alpha and omega, the beginning and end of all.

Hence the power of their word. All is revealed.

At last it all makes sense. Jesus is core and centre, accessible to faith, hope and love. Jesus is the essence. So it is that we are called to focus our lives on the core values of the faith. Given the issue of the unity revealed in Christianity, both Peter and Paul insist upon the importance of building community as the expression of faith in Jesus.

Both apostles struggle with the need to work towards unity. They oppose any kind of polarisation. They seek unity in essentials and charity towards others in all else.

From very different backgrounds, Peter, the fisherman, Paul, the theologian from the rabbinic school of Gamaliel, both strive to find new ways to proclaim Jesus, Saviour and salvation. Leaving fundamentalism aside, Peter and Paul interpret Jesus for their changed times, changed circumstances and an expanding Church. Jesus in not the Lord of immediate return. Jesus is the Lord for all cultures, times and places and is to be proclaimed accordingly.

So we join Peter and Paul in mind and heart on their spiritual journey to proclaim the Gospel of God's unconditional love for all, expressed in the Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord. Like them, we are in constant touch with the Lord, living out of a conscious loving union with the Almighty. We pray, in other words and our life becomes a prayer. Any other kind of existence is not a truly human life. The only life is the good life, the Godlife. And so, like Peter and Paul, we let go and let God.