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Solemnity of St. Peter and Paul,  Apostles June 29

Today’s Mass Readings

Saints Peter and Paul,  Apostles June 29

Matthew 16:13-19.

Saints Peter and Paul – The Original Odd Couple

Do you remember the comedy, the “Odd Couple”?

We might think that Oscar and Felix
were the original “Odd Couple.”

In so many ways they were complete opposites.

No, the original Odd Couple was St. Peter and St. Paul.

The church associates St. Peter’s mission
as the Rock to the House of Israel
and with the institutional Church.

His role is to keep us in the Truth who is Jesus.

Paul was sent to the Gentiles to bring the Good News
to the four corners of the earth.

Paul was more charismatic and evangelical.

He was able to adapt the Gospel
to different cultures without losing its essence.

Although very different, they had enough room in their hearts
for each other and the different ways they ministered.

There are different forms of spirituality in the Church today
ranging from very devotional Latin Mass attendees
to Charismatics who find unique ways
to share their faith and conversion to Jesus.

The beautiful mystery of the Catholic Church
is how this Odd Couple finds their salvation and communion
in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

We may not approve of the ways
some people express their devotion and faith
in the Lord Jesus, but that’s okay.

Jesus is big enough and his Body the Church is big enough
for all people who are willing to follow him
in the unique way he calls each one.

There will always be an “Odd Couple” in the pews.

That’s the beauty of being Catholic.

Reasons for division become reasons for deeper communion
with the Lord Jesus.

In the spirit of St. Peter and St. Paul,
pray to have a profound respect and love
for all who are different from us.

Welcome to the heart of Jesus.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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