Two of the most prominent apostles. Peter has quite a bit of interaction with Jesus during the three years our Lord walked this earth. After the Ascension, Peter assumes his role as our first Pope. He determines how the twelfth apostle will be chosen to replace Judas. He also opens the faith to the Gentile world. He travels to Rome to escape Herod. Here he is martyred by Nero. Tradition says he was nailed to a cross, upside down. Peter thought he was not worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus. 1 Peter and 2 Peter are two writings in the New Testament thought written by Mark as he listened to the words of St Peter. Peter is known as the “Prince of the Apostles.”
Paul was also martyred in Rome. We remember the story of Jesus coming to Paul. Paul fell and was blinded. He was later cured and became the greatest evangelist. Bringing the message to thousands of peoples. He is also noted for the many sufferings and trials he underwent. Paul is known as the “Apostle of the Gentiles”. Many of the New Testament books are assigned to Paul’s authorship.
These two saints provide much of the history of the early church. We also see how they progressed in faith. We see their weaknesses, doubts, and uncertainties. But they persevered, they kept trying. This is the role model set out for each of us. Life is difficult, but trusting in the Lord and accepting His Will take us to eternal life.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen