Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 22, A.D. 2005

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

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God"

This is Peter's reply to Jesus after being asked who he thought Jesus was.

What faith it took to say this! While the Pharisees and other learned religious men were waiting for a political messiah to free their land from Roman occupation and tyranny, a relatively uneducated fisherman knew the truth. In response to Peter, Jesus says that it is not due to flesh and blood that Peter knows this, but only due to the Father revealing it to him.

Peter did not spend all of his time in the synagogue studying Scripture and displaying religiosity for all to see. No, he probably spent much of his time on his boat, striving to make a living, or spending long hours in quietly with his nets. This is where Peter became truly blessed. He heard God speak the truth to him about His Son during his long hours of labor and during the hours of quiet work, not in endless study, or worthless public displays.

During Lent, we too, should follow Peter's example and labor in what we're called to do, and spend quiet time listening for a word from Almighty God to speak to us. It is there that we'll find renewal and revelation and come to receive the many blessings our Lord has for us.

- Don Claunch, SFO

Lives of the saints:

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle & 1st Pope

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