Meditation on the Solemnity of Peter and Paul Mt16:13-19; Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34; 2Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18.

Witnesses of Christ (Fr. Georges R. Bidzogo sac)
Such an amazing day for me and my brother Fr. Herve as we were anointed as priest of Christ on this day at the basilica of Yaoundé by the Apostolic Nuncio.
I’m always glad to know that this was the day. Peter and Paul true powerful models and witnesses of Jesus and his Church. I like the two men because it easy for us to identify ourselves and to know that we are chosen, loved and saved not by our merits by God’s grace and our willingness to allow God’s to change and to use us as his instruments. They both were people who made mistakes. Peter denied Christ (Luke 22:54-62, Mt26:29-75) and Paul persecuted the Church of Christ “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4). God does not accomplish his mission, his miracles, his wonders with those who think that they are holy, self-sufficient, worthy, smarter, powerful, but those who are simple, in need of him and ready to open their heart to him. Peter and Paul are teaching to submit ourselves to the Lord and allow him to transform our poverty into wealth, and our weaknesses into strength. St Paul says, “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2Cor12:10). Like Peter, I might have denied the Lord many times. Be impatience toward others many times. Like Paul, I might have hurt so many people in the community and even in the Church. I might have shown many weaknesses in my journey of the Faith. However, like them, I also strongly believe that we can all find strength in our journey of faith. We can all find forgiveness and encounter the power of God’s mercy even in the darkest moment of our faith. “Peter do you love me, feed my lambs” (John21:16). In spite of our weaknesses, God grace is at working us. Like Peter and Paul, we must witness to the anointed one of God, the Son of the Living, the one who has the approval of God, Jesus Christ. Let us become living witnesses of Jesus who is asking us everyday “Who do you that I am” (Mt16:15) and then “Do you love me?” May St Peter and Paul intercede for you in all your endeavors throughout this week.