The twelve apostles were the first to follow our lord and saviour Jesus Christ and did so until he died for our sins all those Easters ago.
In the first century A.D, during the actual life of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ, the 12 apostles (or disciples) where his first first followers. It was the desciples who were responsible for recording and spreading Jesus’s message. But who were they?
Simon (“who is called Peter”)
It is not known if Simon actually wanted to be called Peter, but Jesus in his wisdom clearly decided that it would be for the best. What is most surprising about Simon-who-is-called-Peter to the uninitiated at first is perhaps simply that his name is Simon-who-is-called-Peter. Number 1: were people back then really called Simon?
Simon is the nice guy in tech support you’re thinking of going for a drink with, Simon is someone athletic but fairly conventional son, Simon (at best) might be some sort of radio host. But an apostle in the year ‘0001’? It just doesn’t seem right. And then he went to Jesus and introduced himself, and Jesus just started calling him Peter! Because, apparently, it means rock.
So, actually, he went to Jesus and said ‘Hi, my names Simon and I’d like to follow you and spread your teachings’ and Jesus said ‘Well Thank you Rock, that should be a good arrangement. Come Rock, come join the other disciples…
Confusing, but we cannot expect to understand all the actions of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Simon was a nice guy who liked to get out of the city and relax, me and my partner sometimes go on ‘St Peter’ holidays where we just find very peaceful retreats (the last one was up in Scotland, lovely place called http://www.log-cabins-in-scotland.co.uk/) and we go and just relax and reflect on our lord and on existence in the way that he teaches us to do.