Wednesday, February 21, 2018
THURSDAY, 1st Week of Lent
February 22, 2018 – THURSDAY, 1st Week of Lent
CHAIR OF ST. PETER, Apostle
1 Pt 5: 1 - 4 / Mt 16: 13- 19
The feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle, dates to the oldest Roman calendar of 394; it commemorates St. Peter at Antioch.
FROM THE 1ST READING: 1 Pt 5: 2- 4
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 glory.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 16: 13- 19
After that 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 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."
Today's Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle, emphasizes for all the primacy of the See of Peter in the Church.
In the first reading Peter in Rome, probably two years before his martyrdom, urges the leaders of the Church to be generous shepherds of their flock.
The Gospel reading is about the confession of Peter and the apostles that Christ was "the Messiah, the Son of the living God" and the promise of Christ to Peter that his Church would be founded on him.
Christ confirms Peter as head of the Church at his appearance to the disciples at the Sea of Galilee after his resurrection: "Feed my sheep." The Church was founded on the faith and love of St. Peter and the apostles and continues on the faith and love of the Church leaders and members today.
Christ, the Good Shepherd, is the model for all leaders: leadership in the family, in whatever group, in the country and in the Church, is lived with a sense of service and love for those being led. Let us pray for our leaders.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
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Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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