Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 22, A.D. 2003
1 Peter 5:1-4
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.
help all of us appointed to serve you.
Clothe us in humility
as we follow your call.
- Deacon Bill Powers (email@example.com)
The Chair of St. Peter
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