Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles June 29, 2014

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles June 29, 2014 Slide 2 1 st reading: Acts 12:1-11 Herod and Peter 1 In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, 3 and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (It was (the) feast of Unleavened Bread.) 4 He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. He intended to bring him before the people after Passover. 5 Peter thus was being kept in prison, but prayer by the church was fervently being made to God on his behalf. 6 On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison. Angel and Peter 7 Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, "Get up quickly." The chains fell from his wrists. 8 The angel said to him, "Put on your belt and your sandals." He did so. Then he said to him, "Put on your cloak and follow me." 9 So he followed him out, not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate leading out to the city, which opened for them by itself. They emerged and made their way down an alley, and suddenly the angel left him. Peter and God 11 Then Peter recovered his senses and said, "Now I know for certain that (the) Lord sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting." A simple outline! The focus is on Peter Slide 3 1 st reading: Acts 12:1-11 Herod and Peter 1 In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, 3 and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (It was (the) feast of Unleavened Bread.) 4 He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. He intended to bring him before the people after Passover. 5 Peter thus was being kept in prison, but prayer by the church was fervently being made to God on his behalf. 6 On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison. Commentary V.1 King Herod is bent on killing / harming some members of the church. (King Herod here is not King Herod the Great (who sought the life of Jesus when he was a little boy), nor Herod Antipas (who killed Jesus), but Herod Agrippa. In v.2, Herod has killed James. In v.3, Herod is also eyeing on arresting Peter. V.3 gives the reason why: It is pleasing to the Jews. In parenthesis, the date is indicated. It is the same day as when Jesus was arrested. V.4 indicates his swift action: He takes him into custody. He puts him into prison. He intends to display him after the Passover. V.5 brings out the contrast between what Herod does and what the church does. The church fervently prays for Peter. V.6 describes how Peter has been secured for the trial. (heavily guarded) Slide 4 Angel and Peter 7 Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, "Get up quickly." The chains fell from his wrists. 8 The angel said to him, "Put on your belt and your sandals." He did so. Then he said to him, "Put on your cloak and follow me." 9 So he followed him out, not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate leading out to the city, which opened for them by itself. They emerged and made their way down an alley, and suddenly the angel left him. Peter and God 11 Then Peter recovered his senses and said, "Now I know for certain that (the) Lord sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting." In v.7 God also does something for Peter. God intervenes through an angel. The actions of the angel: Stood by him Light shone He tapped Peter He awakened Peter. He asked him, Get up. In v.8, the angel asks him to escape. In v.9, Peter obeys the angel. Peter thinks he is seeing a vision (something unreal!). V.10 describes how Peter escapes without being detected by the guards. In v.11, Peter makes a theological conclusion based on his experience: God sent his angel to rescue him from Herod and foiled the expectations of the Jews on him. Slide 5 Reflections on the 1 st reading To be an apostle (to be sent with a commission), one must be prepared to be like his/her master. To be an apostle (to be sent with a commission), one must be prepared to be like his/her master. Peter undergoes the same trial as Jesus. Peter undergoes the same trial as Jesus. Herod Agrippa seeks to make the Jewish people happy, at the expense of Peter and the other apostles. Herod Agrippa seeks to make the Jewish people happy, at the expense of Peter and the other apostles. Herod, like his father and brother, is a murderer of the apostles, trying hard to please the Jews. Herod, like his father and brother, is a murderer of the apostles, trying hard to please the Jews. Herod arrests Peter and puts him into prison for a trial. Herod arrests Peter and puts him into prison for a trial. But God has his own way to save Peter. But God has his own way to save Peter. He sends an angel to help him escape from the scheme of Herod. He sends an angel to help him escape from the scheme of Herod. The apostle (missionary) must learn also how to trust in the saving power of the Lord. The apostle (missionary) must learn also how to trust in the saving power of the Lord. Peter allowed himself to be led by the angel. Peter allowed himself to be led by the angel. Slide 6 Resp. Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 R. (5) The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him. 2 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 3 Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. 4 Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol his name. 5 I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 6 Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. 7 When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. 8 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 9 Taste and see how good the LORD is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him. Slide 7 Resp. Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 R. (5) The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him. 2 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 3 Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. 4 Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol his name. 5 I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 6 Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. 7 When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. 8 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 9 Taste and see how good the LORD is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him. Commentary The psalm is a thanksgiving hymn. It represents the feeling of Peter. In vv.2-3, the psalmist promises to ever bless, praise and glory in the Lord. In v.3, the poor will rejoice with him. In v.4, the psalmist invites his audience to praise God. V.5 gives the reason why. V.6 exhorts others to seek God, to be happy and assured of honor. V.7 affirms Gods saving help to the poor who seek him. V.8 tells how God makes the life of the poor secure. In v.9, the psalmist invites his audience to do the same and experience the same benefit. Slide 8 Reflections on the Psalm We return to God when we experience salvation from him. We should invite others to praise God for helping us. We must be convinced that God has a certain bias for the poor who call on him. We may have committed big errors and people affected are seeking our lives, but it is a good idea to take refuge in the Lord when we become so vulnerable and defenseless. Slide 9 2 nd reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18 6 I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. 8 From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. 17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. The focus is on Paul. Slide 10 2 nd reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18 6 I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. 8 From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. 17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. Commentary Pauls Pauls authorship here is disputed. Paul The reading is all about St. Pau