Cathedra Petri (Chair of St. Peter, The Apostle)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
(1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 16:13-19)
Today we celebrate the feast of the Chair of Peter, the first pope. As we celebrate this feast day, let us not reflect in the chair per se but in the place where the unity and authority of the ONE, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church stands. The leadership of Peter us now vested on Pope Francis.
Thus, we celebrate the UNITY of the CATHOLIC CHURCH under the God’s given leader and APOSTLE Francis, servant of the servants. This authority is not of this world but from above and has been traditionally passed over without breaking amidst ups and downs of such like Avignon deportation.
Having that in mind, we need to renew our obedience to the seat of Peter now being sat on by Francis knowing he cannot error in matters od morals and faith.
This feast is an affirmation of the authority given to St. Peter by Jesus to lead the Church on earth: You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church.
The seat has faced challenges but also has seen glorious times. Amidst all the turbulent and dark moments, thw Church has survived todate and will survive long after you and I are gone. This show that the Pope draws his authority from Christ, and that the Spirit is guiding the Church.
We pray for Pope Francis still he still have challenges facing him as a guide to this Church especially in area of morality, issues like abortion, the sanctity of life, same-sex marriage and divorce families.
All in all, amidst the church-leftist throwing ‘holy stones’ at Pope Francis and causing confusion, let us keep faith with the Church and in obedience to the Pope.
Let us pray for Pope and his adviser not to stumble since as my great grandmother coined a philosophy in Hebrew saying, “igūthūa ndóngória, cítíngíkínyíra nyekì! (If the leader stumbles the followers can’t make it).
But let us have hope and faith remembering what Jesus promised the Church: The gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.
Let us also remember to pray for you and I that we may be firmly rooted in Peter, the Rock under the protection of our Mother Mary.
St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us.