Tuesday, February 21, 2006
FEAST, CHAIR OF PETER
FEBRUARY 22, 2006
FEAST, CHAIR OF PETER
1 PETER 5:1-4
Beloved: I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter
and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in
the glory to be revealed. Tend the flock of God in your midst,
overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it,
not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those
assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief
Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his
disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They
replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others
Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you
say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the
Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are
you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this
to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the
netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys
to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in
In today's Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we celebrate the
authority given by Jesus to Peter, our first Pope, and to all the
Popes, bishops, and priests that have contributed to the building of
the Church. The clergy's authority is not one like that of a king or
emperor. The authority of our bishops and priests is one of
We admire our priests and nuns for their charity and their ability
to listen. We appreciate their sensitivity and kindness to the sick
and elderly. We are touched when they bless and pray for those who
have passed away.
It is noteworthy that despite our appreciation of them, we sometimes
catch ourselves apathetic or indifferent when these same priests and
nuns are teaching about the Bible or about God and faith. How many
times have we really listened to the homily or made the effort to
attend a talk given by a religious regarding current issues
affecting our Church? We are thankful to the clergy for their work
but perhaps we sometimes ignore what they preach, which is the
important aspect that we need to pay attention to.
Let us pray that God will grant us the eagerness to listen to the
religious - our priests and nuns, for theirs is where we hear of
Jesus' authority on faith, hope, and love of God.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the healing, courage and strength of Theresa.
- for the physical and spiritual healing and strength of Teresita De
- for the physical and spiritual healing and strength of Beth.
- for those that are sick and abandoned. May the Blessed Mother
give them strength.
- for the special intentions of Mike Torres.
- for the personal intentions of Charles & Cheryl C.
- for the personal intentions of Cha.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Pablo Dulay Sr., Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for an increase in faith and perseverance in living a good life for
Christ for Corie.
- for the spiritual, sound mind and physical healing of Michael O.
- for the personal intentions of Archelle.
- for the success operations on 24 February and quick recovery of my
Amalia Lim Payabyab
- for security and protection of my husband - Edwin Lopez whose
his birthday on 24 February
- for the soul of my auntie Gloria Lim Catanghal
- for my personal intention Elyza Payabyab Lopez
- for the guidance and protection of our Christian Life Program
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Eric Sun
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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