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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Date: 
Thu, 06/29/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Both Peter and Paul were asleep…not that their eyes were closed and their consciousness was suspended,
…not the natural cycle of night-time rest required by the mind and body
in order to restore energy levels, repair damage, replace dead cells.
(Did you know that the human body contains 37.2 trillion cells….
and it replaces 40-50 billion of these cells each day?
Every second of our lives 58,000 cells in our bodies are being regenerated and replaced.)
 
This is not the sleep I’m thinking of here.  Both Peter and Paul were spiritually asleep.
Even though they were faithful Jews, living their lives according to the Torah and the Old Testament covenant, there were asleep, unaware that Jesus Christ, Son of God, had come into the world.
 
There were awakened by their experience of, by their encounter with Jesus.
Peter was awakened gradually…over a period of three years.
Paul was awakened rather abruptly, suddenly, as quickly as lightning strikes.
 
The process went sort of like this: 1.) Jesus introduces himself, makes himself known.
Peter and Paul ask: “Who are you?” 
“I am the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the one who is to come.”
2.) And then comes the big question:  what do you want?  Jesus says “I want you to follow me.”
Why?  “because I have chosen you to serve my people.” 
3.) But I am not worthy.  I am a sinner.  And I am ignorant of God’s ways. 
Jesus says “I will change all that.  I will show mercy…forgive your sins.
I will restore you to a proper relationship with God.
And I will instruct you in the ways of love and truth, righteousness and justice. 
I will give you wisdom, right judgment, authority over evil spirits.
I will show you how my Kingdom has broken into a suffering world. 
I will show you the forces in the world that are for good and the forces that are for evil.”
4.) And then when the time is right Jesus says “I commission you. 
I send you forth to continue my work,
to extend my saving activity to all people and all places in the world.”
 
At the heart of this process of spiritual awakening is accepting the call to conversion.
Once they experience Jesus, Peter and Paul knew they needed to change,
to change how they were living in the world.
They willingly and intentionally made adjustments to their lifestyles.
They let go of past pursuits and committed themselves to the Kingdom of God.
They were willing to surrender their wills to God’s will.
They made the decision to stop being accountable to the world and start being accountable to God.
They were always happy to be known as companions of Jesus the Christ…even when persecuted.
 
The scriptures talk about “…the dawning of a new day”.
This new day is one of awakening from spiritual sleep.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has brought eternal salvation to the world.
When do we need to be spiritually awakened?  Every day.
Every day we need to be brought to new awareness about the activity of Jesus in this world
and how we can engage in this activity, honor this activity.
I believe the one important thing that sustained Peter and Paul as they fulfilled their roles
was their desire and love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Today’s prayer:  “My heart is ready, O Lord, to be awakened to the truth of Your love as this is revealed to the world by Jesus Your Son.  Grant me a glimpse of Your glory and give me the eyes to see and the joy to celebrate Your blessings.  Amen!”