Our Church celebrates the memory of the martyrdom of St Peter and St Paul on the 5th of Abib which is the 12th of July. We honor these two apostles on the same day even though they are very different. St Peter was among the first to be chosen by Jesus to follow Him, but St Paul was chosen after Jesus’ ascension. St Peter followed Jesus around and saw all the miracles He performed. As for St Paul, he only met Jesus on the road to Damascus, where he was going to persecute Christians there. St Peter was married but St Paul wasn’t. St Peter was a fisherman, a simple man who didn’t really go to school. St Paul, on the other hand, went to the University of Tarsus and was brought up by Gamaliel, a very famous Jewish teacher, so he knew a lot.
This shows us that Jesus can use anybody for his work on earth. The important thing is that we should want to do his work on earth and he will take care of the rest.
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18)
“For he (St Paul) is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” (Acts 9:14-16)