Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (Wait… What?)

From the Novus Ordo Sacramentary (Altar Missal) above, and from the Novus Ordo Lectionary below.

So, which is it, a feast celebrating on the same day two of the Papal Basilicas in Rome, of Saint Peter on Vatican Hill and of Saint Paul Outside the Walls [Yes], or is this about the dedication of the more modern EUR Basilica named after both Saint Peter and Saint Paul? [No]. But we do see these two statues or copies of these great saints juxtaposed, the one of Peter the other of Paul, both at basilicas named for both or named just for one or the other.

The combination in the same liturgical feast has the same effect. One might think that this is to express the universality of evangelistic outreach, Peter for the Jews and Paul for the Gentiles. Granted. But there is more. Remember this rather unusual icon of friendship between the two?

The reason to emphasize friendship is because this is consequent to Paul rightly smashing Peter down to the ground:

  • “When Cephas [=Rock=Peter (how ironic)] came to Antioch, however, I [Paul] opposed him to his face, because he stood to be condemned” (Galatians 2:11).

Basically, Peter had insisted on the circumcision, basically saying to hell with redemption by Christ Jesus.

The friendship of Peter and Paul, and the sine qua non as to why Peter continued to be a true Apostle for the Jews and the sine qua non as to why Paul continued to be an Apostle for the Gentiles is that Paul followed the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to severely reprimand the traitorous Peter, and then Peter followed the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to accept the reprimand of Paul.

  • If Paul didn’t make the reprimand he himself would have gone to hell and dragged Peter with him.
  • If Peter didn’t accept the reprimand he himself would have gone to hell in an attempt to drag the Church with him.

But Paul rejoiced to see the acceptance of his reprimand to Peter, and Peter rejoiced to accept the reprimand from Paul. Thus the joyful embrace: what a relief.

This particular joy of helping each other out in God’s grace is so very Catholic. This is what we do. Without us helping each other, pointing each other to Jesus, we all go to hell.

Be Catholic. Reprimand someone in the charity of justice. Be justly reprimanded by someone’s charity.


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3 responses to “Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (Wait… What?)

  1. sanfelipe007

    “Be Catholic. Reprimand someone in the charity of justice. Be justly reprimanded by someone’s charity.”
    This can be so very hard (not to do, but endure) on a person. This is so important to a Catholic life!
    I very recently had to admonish my own brother who used Our Lord ans Savior’s name as a curse. I was so shocked that I immediately reprimanded him for it – demanding that he never do this again in my presence. Now, of course, I should have not made it about me “my presence!” as though I was the one who mattered. Better, still, I could have calmly said “please don’t do that…”
    But such an approach, sounds like advice to Moses, that he should have reasoned with the Egyptian rather than killed him.

    Now I am open to a correction, Father, but Scripture says Moses “killed” the Egyptian, not “murdered.” I digress.

    So I admonished my literal brother who then took umbrage and once again, “with feeling,” used Jesus’ name as a curse. Then he announced that he was leaving my city (he was visiting), saying ” I don’t want to have to deal with this every time I say it!”
    I have since emailed him, urging him to repent and to go to Confession. Of course, I feel bad about the row, because, you know, “niceness.” There is also the Adversary who loves to whisper “you are hardening his heart against the Lord!” But I am much more afraid of Jesus asking me, at my judgement, “where is your brother?”
    What can I do, but wait and pray for my brother’s conversion?
    Cain and Abel, or Peter and Andrew?

    • nancyv

      You are probably not hardending his heart, but rather shaming in a way he knows…My dear husband helps me immensely when I slip up in an old habit and take God’s name in vain: He immediately says “God be praised, Jesus adored!” or some variation. He doesn’t do it in a showy way, but always shames me in a good way and also turning something bad into prayer. You are choosing the better way; to hell with the whispers of the adversary!

      • sanfelipe007

        I like that about your husband, nancyv. I mostly watch old TV shows and movies from my collection, and whenever a character takes the Lord’s name in vain, I make an act of contrition for the writer.

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