On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: February 22, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We are all called to lead one another into the Kingdom of God our Heavenly Father. But some have been called to lead a larger flock. Blessed are they who respond without hesitation for they trust fully in the Lord their God.

Blessed are these leaders who emulate St Peter; whose heart was set on following Jesus. Who was opened to receiving the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, through faith proclaimed the Son of God our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

Blessed are these prayerful leaders who unite their flock upon the rock of our one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Today as we celebrate the feast of the Chair of St Peter, let us pray for unity across all languages, culture and traditions. That we sing one song of praise and glory to our ever living Lord and God. And as we fix our gaze upon Jesus Christ our Lord, we profess one faith forever and ever. 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.’

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