Thought for the Day – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul
Peter, the rough fisherman whom Jesus named the rock on which the Church is built and the educated Paul, reformed persecutor of Christians, Roman citizen and missionary to the gentiles, are the original odd couple.
The major similarity in their faith-journeys is the journey’s end: both, according to tradition, died a martyr’s death in Rome—Peter on a cross and Paul beneath the sword.
Their combined gifts shaped the early Church and they are our icons in faith and truth now, all these 2000 years later.
Believers have prayed at their tombs from the earliest days and still, day by day, year by year, century by century, the queues of hundreds, sometimes thousands, form – each and every day, to get to Peter, to get to Paul – at last!
Sts Peter and Paul, pray for us!