Pillars of the Church

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 06/16/2017

in Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles–Cycle A
June 18, 2017

“‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor my ways your ways,’ says the Lord.”
(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Pillars of the Church

God’s way is not our way.
What employer would have chosen the likes of Peter and Paul?
Could any good come from either of these uniquely different men?


  • Uneducated, blustering fisherman,
  • Called Satan, “Get behind me, Satan!”
  • Denier of Jesus,
  • Fearfully running from Rome,
  • Often speaking first, then thinking.

Could any good come from Simon, this man of the sea?


  • Educated scholar of Jewish Law,
  • Roman citizen, governing conquers of Jewish lands,
  • Cooperator at the stoning of first Christian martyr, St. Steven,
  • Known persecutor of early Christians,
  • Orator par excellence.

Could any good come from the man once called Saul?

A disastrous pair are these pillars of the Church!
As different as oil and water, night and day, apples and oranges!

God’s ways are certainly not like us humans.
We see external souls and make our judgments.
God sees internal souls in the making and grants the gift of grace to change.
Simon becomes Peter, Saul becomes Paul. Both become pillars of the Church.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness…”
(2 Corinthians 12:9)

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What does scripture tell us about judging?
  2. Why is their an injustice in labeling others, perhaps someone you’ve met years ago?
  3. What will it take on our part and on the part of others to accept unity in diversity?
  4. Is there a good in having a friend, who is uniquely different from you?
  5. What were the good things Peter and Paul did after grace touched their hearts?
  6. What steps can I practically take to begin to accept others who are different from me?

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