Feast of the Chair of St. Peter
Readings of the day:
On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it.-Matthew 16:18
This one verse in the bible has been argued on over and over again. I can only pray that God help us understand each other more better and may we be united in faith and love in Christendom.
As a Catholic, in the article of faith; we profess our belief in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church under the leadership of the pope, the vicar of christ on earth. In today’s feast, we celebrate the spiritual authority granted by our Lord Jesus Christ on St. Peter and his successors to serve as guidance to his flock in his teachings and examples under the touch of the holy spirit. The church over the ages has always remain firm in the world despite the stone throw at it, truly the kingdom of hades shall not prevail against it.
In the first readings, Apostle Peter encourage the leaders of the Church to take care of their flock willingly and be ready to suffer for it. This could also be apply to those who hold a position of Authority that demands the care of souls: the home, the school, the hospital and the state. May we all strive to work together to the glory of God.
We pray this day, May God bless our Pope, the Bishops, Priests and religious, and others in care of souls; May God strengthen them and keep their ways aright.
Peace and Love of Christ!