June 29, 2019
Sts. Peter and Paul
Now I know for certain that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod...
Such incredible, fantastic stories we have today! Peter is promised the keys to heaven, he's rescued from the death penalty by an angel, Paul recalls being "rescued from the lion's mouth" (2 Timothy 4:17) and is about to get his "crown of righteousness" (verse 8).
Pretty amazing stuff! It almost feels unreal. Only, it is real. These were very real ways in which God's will was carried out. While we may not need to be rescued from persecution, sadly, Christians are still being persecuted around the world. Why they are not all miraculously rescued, we can't know. But we should have no doubt that they, and we, are loved by God.
Every one of us, according to the teachings of our faith, have an angel of the Lord helping us every second of the day. We can only guess at the number of times that God and his angels have rescued us in our everyday lives. When you think about it, that's pretty incredible!
- Terence Hegarty
Acts 12:1-11|Psalm 34:2-9|2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18|Matthew 16:13-19