Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. The impact of Peter and Paul upon the Church of Jesus Christ cannot be overstated. In today's first reading from the Acts of the Apostles we learn that King Herod had James killed by the sword. He then had Peter put in prison under guard of four squards of four soldiers each. King Herod had planned a similar fate for Peter, but God intervened.
People often hide their feelings behind a wall of words. They use a kind of double-talk in which words and feelings do not agree. Many people are afraid that honesty in speech will cost them friendships, love, or respect. So they either keep their lips zipped or say something other than what they mean
God Wants Your Garbage
Once a week, a truck moves slowly down our alley, pausing at every house. Full and sometimes overflowing garbage containers are picked up, emptied into the truck, and returned to each house. During the next week, as the rubbish accumulates and the odor increases, we become eager for the return of the garbage truck.
Meek – Not Weak
Most people consider meekness to be weakness. In a world dominated by the strong – ruthless dictators, cold-hearted drug traffickers, powerful corporate leaders – no one wants to be the wimp everyone takes advantage of. But is that what it means to meek?
Almost all of them agree that the Congressional Medal of Honor has transformed and redefined their lives. For many, it has thrust them into the public eye. One recipient judging its effect on his thought and behavior, said, “You’re representing everybody and everything the medal represents.”
The saying “You can never out-give God” may be doubted by obsessed or tightfisted people. But Paul’s letter to the Philippian believers fully supports this saying.