Shepherds for Christ

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (June 29)

Shepherds for ChristHandout or Bulletin Insert.

Description: Reflection on the readings for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul reveal the holy calling of shepherds for Christ. They describe the Christ-like qualities of “shepherding” that’s required of those everyone who is involved in Christian leadership. This includes not only our priests, but also lay ministers, parents, teachers, and anyone who guides others.

In the Gospel reading (Matthew 16:13-19 ) St. Peter is being gifted with the insight to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Then he’s called and commissioned to shepherd others into the same realization. In Christianity, everyone is called to evangelize, i.e., to be shepherds for Christ, bringing them to the safe pastures of faith and Christian community. It’s our primary mission as we follow Jesus and continue the work he began. 

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Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for week of June 29, leadership meetings, staff meeting, teacher workshop, parenting seminar, or RCIA class.

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