Monday, February 21, 2011
FEAST, CHAIR OF ST. PETER, APOSTLE
FEAST, CHAIR OF ST. PETER, APOSTLE
TUESDAY 7TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 Pt 5:1-4 / Ps 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 / Mt 16:13-19
1 PETER 5:1-4
I now address myself to those elders among you; I, too, am an elder
and a witness to the sufferings of Christ, hoping to share the Glory
that is to be revealed. Shepherd the flock which God has entrusted to
you, guarding it not out of obligation but willingly for God's sake;
not as one looking for a reward but with a generous heart; do not lord
it over those in your care, rather be an example to your flock. Then,
when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will be given a crown of unfading
Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi. He asked his disciples, "What do
people say of the Son of Man? Who do they say I am?" They said, "For
some of them you are John the Baptist, for others Elijah or Jeremiah
or one of the prophets." Jesus asked them, "But you, who do you say I
am?" Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
Jesus replied, "It is well for you, Simon Barjona, for it is not flesh
or blood that has revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. "And
now I say to you: You are Peter (or Rock) and on this rock I will
build my Church; and never will the powers of death overcome it. "I
will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on
earth shall be bound in heaven, and what you unbind on earth shall be
unbound in heaven."
Why is it that Jesus wanted to be told by his disciples who he was?
Biblical scholars believe that this was the moment of truth for
Christ. Did he succeed?
Jesus knew that his end was near. Still he doubted what perception his
disciples had of who he really was. After all his struggles to teach
them, his divinity did not seem to sink clearly into their minds. Many
times he was a puzzlement to them but they were often afraid to ask
for his enlightenment. This worried Jesus. Who was to lead after him?
It is touching to realize how human Jesus really is – even having a
sense of insecurity much like an aging father who despairs about the
ability or desire of his sons to follow in his footsteps.
To test them, he first subtly asks his disciples, "Who are the people
saying I am?" Then he dares them point blank, "And who do YOU say I
am?" This must have floored them until Peter comes up and says, "You
are the Christ, the Messiah, the son of the Living God!" It was then
that Jesus knew there was one to whom God revealed the truth of his
divinity ... the one who could lead.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the personal intentions of Flora B
… In Memoriam: Jesus Yap
… 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 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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