Sunday, February 21, 2010
FEAST, CHAIR OF PETER
FEAST, CHAIR OF PETER
MONDAY 1ST WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
1 PETER 5:1-4
I urge the elders among you, as a fellow-elder myself and a witness to
the sufferings of Christ, and as one who is to have a share in the
glory that is to be revealed: give a shepherd's care to the flock of
God that is entrusted to you: watch over it, not simply as a duty but
gladly, as God wants; not for sordid money, but because you are eager
to do it. Do not lord it over the group which is in your charge, but
be an example for the flock. When the chief shepherd appears, you will
be given the unfading crown of glory.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this
question to his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of man is?' And
they said, 'Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others
Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' 'But you,' he said, 'who do you say
I am?' Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, 'You are the Christ, the
Son of the living God.' Jesus replied, 'Simon son of Jonah, you are a
blessed man! Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you
but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on
this rock I will build my community. And the gates of the underworld
can never overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of
Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever
you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.'
Christ gave Simon the name Cephas which means Rock. This new name
indicates a task, a preeminence among the disciples. Peter was chosen
not because of his personal merit but because of the mission Christ
entrusted to him which must be fulfilled with faithfulness and love.
Just like his master, Christ, the Good Shepherd, Peter has the power
to save the faithful from death and to communicate to them divine
life. The keys entrusted to him that binds and looses refers to the
"capacity to exercise disciplinary power of admitting or excluding
those he thinks fit. Also in his administration of the Church, he
makes necessary decisions in questions of doctrinal belief and moral
conduct. The verdict he delivers and the pronouncements he makes will
be ratified by God in heaven" (footnote Jerusalem Bible). This promise
holds also for the successors of Peter because Christ intends to
provide his Church's future a regime that will not collapse with
This is not an easy task that is why we should constantly pray for our
Pope, the present day Peter. Let us also listen to him because he is
the Vicar of Christ. By listening and obeying him, we also obey
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Walter Stamatelaky
- Abraham A.
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Lydia Pe
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- Lourdes Vergara-Ortiz
- Joaquin "Jacky" Cordova, Jr.
- Deogracias Tigno Jr., Deogracias Tigno III, Rolando Alano, Clara
Tigno, Clardeonne Tigno, Leonora Sosa, Arcadia Sosa, April Yrigan,
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Augusto Bengzon
- Birthday: Che B. Conception
- Birthday: Erlinda Velasco
- In Memoriam (+): Peggy Co
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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