28 June – Memorial of St Ireneaus, bishop and martyr
Feed my sheep.
When we attend Mass at our parish every weekend, we noticed that it is usually not the same priest who preaches the homily. There is usually a roster for most parishes (unless it is a very small parish), where parishioners will get to hear homilies from different priests who often preach in very different styles. Most of us have a preference for a certain style. Perhaps we like priests who are entertaining and tell lots of stories. Perhaps we like priests who go deep into Scripture and expounds on the meaning behind it. Some of us, because of circumstances, like priests to remind us of what a wonderful God we have. Others, again because of circumstances, like priests to challenge us spiritually.
In today’s first and second readings, we see two very different styles of two of the pillars of the Catholic Church – Peter and Paul. In the first reading, Peter offers no lengthy explanation, but simply heals the crippled man with faith. In the second reading (and in many other parts of the New Testament), Paul explains his call to preach the truth, and judging from his background as a Pharisee, was very much an intellectual, compared to Peter’s background as a fisherman. Despite the variety of styles used, both apostles, and indeed all our priests today, have the same aim in mind – to feed the sheep that belong to Jesus.
Today, we are blessed with a church that is truly Catholic. There is something for everyone – charismatic renewal for those who are easily moved by the Holy Spirit, theological and scripture studies for those who need to be intellectually stimulated, canon law and liturgy for those who must have the security of something firm and by-the-book, apologetics for those who enjoy discussion and debate, etc. All these are different aspects of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, and all have the same goal of feeding us with the Truth.
(Today’s reflection by Daniel Tay)
Prayer: We pray for the grace to explore different aspects of our deep and rich Catholic faith, so that we can come to better know the Truth, who is Jesus Christ, and to be fed by Him. Amen.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to the Lord for the variety of ways of coming to know Jesus in the Catholic Church.
29 June, Sun – Acts 12:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:6-8. 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19 – Soleminty of Peter and Paul, Apostles
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