Audio Readings June 29, 2011 13th Week in Ordinary Time

Acts 12:1-11;Psalm 34:2-9; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18; Matthew 16:13-19

Sts. Peter and Paul

Peter was being kept in prison, but  prayer by the church was fervently  being made to God on his behalf.  (Acts 12:5) 

In this wonderful story, we read  how God answered the prayers of the  early church by sending an angel to  release Peter from prison. So astonished  is Peter that at first he thinks  he is dreaming or having a vision.  This can’t really be happening! In  the same way, when he knocks at the  door of the house where the community  is praying for his release, the  young woman who answers can’t  believe her eyes. She is so excited  that she rushes off to tell everyone  without even letting Peter in!

From the earliest days of the  church, Christians have been praying  for their leaders. And from  the earliest days, those leaders  have relied on their prayers. The  author of Hebrews urges: “I especially  ask for your prayers that I  may be restored to you very soon”  (Hebrews 13:19). Paul tells the  Philippians: “I know that this will  result in deliverance for me through  your prayers” (Philippians 1:19).

So how faithful are you in praying  for our leaders? We should regularly  be lifting up our “Peters” (Pope Benedict XVI, our local bishop, our  pastor, and all our shepherds) and  our “Pauls” (the evangelists and missionaries  we know, and even those  we don’t know). It’s an important  enough ministry that we should be  setting aside regular time to do this.  You can even join the Holy Father in  his monthly intercessions by offering  up the prayers that appear on the  back cover of this magazine every  month. Check with your diocesan  office to see if your bishop has similar  monthly prayer requests.

When you hear of a natural disaster  or a world crisis, find out what  Christian organizations are on the  scene to help the people who are  affected—and pray for them. If a  fund appeal captures your interest,  find out more about the needs of  the people that are pouring out their  lives to lift up the needy, and add  them to your list. Never stop praying—  so many people depend on it!

“Father, thank you for calling  pastors to serve your church and  evangelists to take your good news to  the world. Make their hearts joyful  and their work fruitful for your  kingdom.”~wau



About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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