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St. Peter the Apostle
Feast day: June 29
Peter was born in Bethsaida, son of Jonah. He worked as a fisherman with
his brother Andrew out of Capernaum on the sea of Galilee.
Jesus called him as a disciple with the title Cephas (Peter or rock) and
this became his personal name replacing Simon. The synoptic gospels all recount how Peter's mother-in-law was healed by
Jesus at their home in Capernaum implying that Peter was married.
Matthew and Mark report that while fishing, Peter and Andrew were called
by Jesus to be his followers, with the words, "Follow me, and I will
make you fishers of men". In Luke's account Peter is the owner of a boat
that Jesus uses to preach to the multitudes who were pressing on him at
the shore of Lake Gennesaret. Jesus then amazes Peter and his companions
by telling them to lower their nets, whereupon they catch a huge number
of fish. Immediately after this, they follow him.
Peter was present at the transfiguration. At the Last Supper Peter says
to Jesus, "I will never desert you", Jesus replies "you will deny me
three times". Peter denied Jesus three times. Jesus shows himself to the
disciples and forgives Peter.
In the Acts of the Apostles Peter is portrayed as an extremely important
figure within the early Christian community, with Peter delivering a
significant speech during Pentecost. He also preaches to the Jews, and
to the council where he says "the stone that was rejected by you, the
builders; it has become the cornerstone."
Peter was often arrested but in Acts 12, he is set free by an angel of
God. Peter was martyred in the year 64AD
St Peter is celebrated on 29th June.