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February 22, 2017

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

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While on His final journey to Jerusalem, Jesus asked His Apostles who they truly believed Him to be. Peter spoke up saying that Jesus was both the Messiah and the Son of God. Our Lord’s response is the heart of this feast of the Chair of St. Peter. “I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:18-19). Today we honor Peter and all his successors in the role of pope who were given authority by Jesus over His Church on earth.

Peter was simply a flawed man who would soon deny even knowing Jesus. Nevertheless, Christ entrusted him to care for His followers as they endeavored to grow in faith, hope and love as members of His Church. At this point in the Gospel story, neither Peter nor any of the Apostles realized that Jesus’ death and resurrection were imminent. Certainly, none of them could foresee their own participation in the divine plan for salvation. Now it is our time to appreciate what our Redeemer asks of us as His followers.

February 26, 2017

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Today’s Gospel urges us to commit ourselves completely to divine providence. Jesus knew that His followers, then and now, are often overwhelmed with anxiety about every day needs. “Do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat… to drink… to wear?’… Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these will be given you besides” (Matthew 6:31-33). Christ wants us to understand how deeply He cares about the well being of every one of us.

While we certainly have obligations to plan and work for our livelihood and that of our family, God expects us to keep our priorities straight. Our relationship with Him comes first. God created the entire universe – including all people – out of love and goodness. He wants us to believe in His mercy and sharing that mercy with others. Rather than dwelling on difficulties or trying to handle problems by ourselves, we need to grow closer to our Lord as we gratefully live each day in His generous care.


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February 22, 2017

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

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The crowds who heard Jesus preach had different opinions about Him, equating Him with John the Baptist or ancient prophets. Jesus wanted to know His Apostles’ thoughts. “He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter said in reply. ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus said to him in reply, ‘Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My heavenly Father’” (Matthew 16:15-16). Because Peter was truly open to God’s grace, he recognized Jesus as the Christ so long awaited by the Jewish people. In the Gospel for this feast celebrating Peter as the rock of the Church of Christ, we honor the authority of Peter and his successors. All those named as popes have had exceptional roles in leading Christ’s Church though the generations. Let us live our faith in Jesus and share it wherever we go.

Suggested missionary action: We can offer a World Mission Rosary for the welfare of all the Church’s Missions. We can ask our Lord to care for all who believe in Him – and those who do not yet know Him.

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February 26, 2017

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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As believers, in the course of a day, we seek our loving Lord. We pray for strength and help for ourselves and for our loved ones. We ask pardon for the times we fail to serve Him and His people. We thank God for His blessings and offer Him our praise. Yet, the time we devote to communicating with our Lord is still brief. After all, we are busy people with responsibilities at home, at work and beyond. Yet God never forgets us.

Our Lord is always with us, ready to offer His grace and peace. “My soul rests in God alone... My deliverance and honor are with God, my strong rock; my refuge is with God. Trust God at all times, my people! Pour out your hearts to God our refuge!” (Psalm 62:2, 8-9). God wants us to share our whole life with Him. Even when we focus on a mundane activity, we are still in His holy presence. We have only to entrust ourselves to His will.

Suggested missionary action: We can make a concerted effort to turn our lives over to God. Then we can allow Him to turn our faith into compassionate service for His people both near – and far away.

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