Archive for February 22, 2016

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 22, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How blessed are we indeed that in this day and age we have Holy and faithful shepherds safeguarding the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ. That the Church built upon Him will endure forever.

How blessed are we to have the mercy of God conferred upon us and His voice of absolution spoken through His chosen, Holy, anointed priests.

If we are truly disciples of Christ Jesus then whether, priests, clergy or laity, we have a joyful duty to share the Good news of salvation. To call for repentance and to extend His mercy and peace to all. We must lead one another on our journey home to Him.  Amen

First reading
1 Peter 5:1-4

Now I have something to tell your elders: I am an elder myself, and a witness to the sufferings of Christ, and with you I have a share in the glory that is to be revealed. Be the shepherds of the flock of God that is entrusted to you: watch over it, not simply as a duty but gladly, because God wants it; not for sordid money, but because you are eager to do it. Never be a dictator over any group that is put in your charge, but be an example that the whole flock can follow. When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of unfading glory.

Gospel
Matthew 16:13-19

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 he is 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, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood 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 Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’