Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 22, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Peter 5:1-4
Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In Personna Christi is one of the expressions that we use to describe a priest. When performing the sacraments Jesus is acting through the priest. Therefore, the priest is acting in the person of Christ. For example, it is Christ who forgives our sins during confession through the presence of a priest. It is God who gives the Holy Spirit to those who receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is for this reason that St. Peter says, "I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed." (1 Peter 5:1) Peter as Pope has ordained priests and is sending them among the faithful, so that, through the priests, the faithful may receive the sacraments and guidance for their faith.
This has been passed down since the time of Christ. It is Jesus who knew that His followers would need leaders, guides to teach the faithful. In today's Gospel reading we see Jesus selecting His first Pope. Peter was chosen not because he was a perfect man but because he was a man of faith. He was open to the Holy Spirit to speak through him, enabling him to proclaim a deep truth: that Jesus was "the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16) Jesus also makes a promise to protect His Church and her teachings. "The gates of the hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18) The basic teachings of the Catholic Church have never changed.
February 22, 2007
Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, apostle
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