Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

February 22, 2017   Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (16:13-19)

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.

And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Reflect: You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  Peter’s profession of faith was a foundational moment in the life of the Church. His recognition of the true identity of Jesus was a testimony to not only his faith, but also to powerful impact that Jesus’ presence had on the life of the apostles and the world in which they lived. Today’s feast is not a celebration of a piece of furniture, but rather an affirmation of the teaching authority of the Holy Father. As followers of Christ and as baptized Catholics, we believe that the Pope has a unique role in preserving the faith and guiding the faithful (us) to a liberating objective truth. Today is an opportunity for each of us to consider how our own lives communicate the faith to others. In addition, we are called to pray for Pope Francis and his intentions for this month: for the poor, refugees and marginalized. That all those who are afflicted and marginalized may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

Not matter how small or large my role is in the Church, how is my life an example that gives testimony to the truth and identity of Jesus as Savior of the World? Do I take time daily to pray for the Holy Father, bishops, priests and any minsters of the Church for their strength and encouragement especially in the midst of challenges and persecution?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to cling to you and to trust in your revelation of truth manifest through the Church. Help me to see beyond human weakness and bring healing to any woundedness in the Church. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have Mercy on us and on the whole world!

 

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN (Gospel of Luke 5: 17-26)

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