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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 22, A.D. 2003

1 Peter 5:1-4 Psalm 23:1-6 Matthew 16:13-19

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Pastoral responsibility of the Church

"...you are "Rock" and on this rock I will build My Church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)

At the time Peter was appointed by Jesus to head the Church, there were many people who did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Peter was charged with shepherding the early Church. What a job!

Our local church in America is very broken right now. The abusive sins of priests, hierarchy and others have been too-long shrouded in secrecy and misguided intentions, even if well-meaning. Children and parents have suffered terribly. The priesthood is filled with suspicion and shame. Church leadership has been scarred by an abuse of power coupled with arrogant unaccountability. Yet, ours is a church of sinners, for sinners and we still love our Church and all that she is. More than ever, we pray for the presence of Jesus to become evident through her and in turn to help heal those broken by abuse, those whose faith has been shattered and those who will lead us in the future.

Our "Rock", Pope John Paul II, is living proof that the Church has not changed and that these sins can be overpowered. How vital it is that we pray for our Holy Father and intercede on his behalf. Let us pray for him and for all the bishops, priests and religious of the church as well as countless others who serve God in any capacity. Most especially, let us pray that God's promise to be with us all days until the end, will direct our focus to our Savior, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

O Lord,
help all of us appointed to serve you.
Clothe us in humility
as we follow your call.

- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)


The Chair of St. Peter

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