Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul
Monday, June 29, is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. This joint day of celebration reminds us that Peter and Paul are the two great pillars on which the Church is built. Peter is the first Pope (“You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church”) and the Apostle to the Jews. Paul is the greatest missionary the Church has ever known and is the Apostles to the Gentiles.
Peter represents for us the structure of the Church—the hierarchy, and the official institutions of the Church. Paul represents the missionary energies of the Church, its outreach to the unchurched.
Saint Thomas the Apostle
Friday, July 3, is the Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle. He is most known as the Doubting Thomas, as he refused to believe the other Apostles when they told him that Jesus had risen from the dead. But when he did see the risen Christ, his response was to fall to his knees, and proclaim, “My Lord and my God!” This is the greatest proclamation of faith in the Gospels. As Brutus spoke of Caesar, “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with the bones.” So Thomas is known for his failure to believe, rather than his great act of faith. So it goes.