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Saint Peter (first century)

Saint Peter (first century)

Patron saint of locksmiths

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul: June 29

Simon Peter came from obscurity to become one of our greatest saints and our first pope. He came from the village of Bethsaida, in the outback region of Galilee. He and his brother Andrew were humble fishermen when Jesus called them. We know Peter was married because of the miracle in which Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14–15) and Paul’s reference to the Apostles’ wives (1 Corinthians 9:5).

Because Peter is an Apostle, it is surprising to discover that he often just didn’t get it. He and the other disciples misunderstood things, forcing Jesus to explain them (Mark 4:10). He objected to Jesus’ going to Jerusalem to die, and Jesus sharply rebuked him. To his shame, Peter denied Jesus three times after Jesus’ arrest (Luke 22:54–62).

But Peter’s weaknesses were transformed through his faith in Christ. Peter was the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. After the Resurrection, Jesus commissioned Peter to shepherd his flock of believers (John 21:15–17). The Book of Acts shows us Peter as one of the Church’s first dynamic leaders. Saint Peter shows us that if we are open to the Holy Spirit we will do great things—despite our weaknesses and mistakes!

Saint Peter and Saint Paul share the same feast day, June 29. (From The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition [Saint Mary’s Press])

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