Peter - the apostle and evangelist to the Jewish people, and later, the first Bishop of Rome. Paul, the great evangelist of the Gentiles. The two giants of the early church. Today we celebrate them together. Which, in my opinion, is proof that the Church does have a sense of humour. And you may be asking, "Why does he say that?"
For a good reason. These two knew each other. And perhaps the most polite thing one could say is they tolerated each other. These two clashed, probably more than a few times, as we read in Galatians chapter 2. One can just imagine the reaction in heaven on the day that the Church decided to celebrate these two great apostles on the same day - both of them, in heaven, shouting, "What - I have to share a day with that so and so?"
But share it they do - even though their ministries were so different. To use a sports analogy, these two were two very different players - but they played on the same team, and they both had the same goal - to share the good news of Jesus Christ. For both of them, their lives were dedicated to evangelizing, and despite their hard work, they always gave the glory to God.
In our second reading today from 2 Timothy 4, Paul speaks of how he has fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith. Peter did too.
2 very different persons. But united in a common faith and common goal. Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Thank you to all who attended this weekend's masses and our volunteers who helped to ensure a warm, safe environment for all. God won't forget!