22 Feb Mon, Chair of Saint Peter, the Apostle

2/21/2021 6:17:58 PM
1 Pt. 5:1-4 / Ps. 22:1-3a,3b-4,5,6 / Mt. 16:13-19 (Ps Wk I)

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The advice in Peter's Letter is valid at all times. He urges those in positions of authority to be faithful shepherds and not lord over others. They must be a good example, always. We can see an excellent example of this in our own time in Pope Francis. He urges shepherds to 'smell like the sheep' - to identify with them and be part of their lives. They must live simple, austere, but joyful lives poured out in service to others. This is good advice for anyone in a position of authority over others: parents, bosses, priests, and bishops. It is nothing less than the example of Christ.

Jesus asked his disciples a pointed question: 'what are they saying about me on the street?' The disciples repeated what they have heard from others: Elijah, prophet, and so on. The next question is also aimed at us: 'Who do you say that I am?' Peter gives a great answer for which he is praised and rewarded: Messiah, Son of the living God. Each of us has to answer that question for ourselves. We cannot merely repeat what we hear from others - we have to make a personal response from the heart. We cannot live someone else's faith. Jesus adds something else: this Messiah suffers and dies for the sake of others. Those who claim to follow this Messiah must also be willing to take up their cross. Each day let us answer the question anew: who is Jesus for me?

Lord, may I know You more deeply. 
     


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2月22日( 一 )   建立聖伯多祿宗座慶日


伯多祿前書 5:1-4
聖詠 23[22]:1-3,3-4,5,6
瑪竇福音 16:13-19

讀畢整部福音,我們會發現聖伯多祿好像平步青雲,走到了早期教會的領導地位。表面看來,他不過是名安守本分,住在加里肋亞湖邊一個細小漁人世界的漁夫。這是今天福音片段所顯露的,也是選取聖詠第二十三首為答唱詠的含義。伯多祿「得天獨厚」,一直到了那個可怕的時刻,至使他在惶恐的軟弱中,否認了耶穌。事後,痛入骨髓的瞬間,他悔改了,因為我們看見,很快,他又重拾指導並帶領門徒的職責。

在讀經一,他坐在權力的寶座上。簡樸、謙遜是他行使權力的方式,依仗的是那位偉大的漁人 ── 耶穌的支持和幫助,而非安於他自己的能力。他繼續為一個在發展中的上主庭園奠基。庭園的宏偉,連他做夢也未曾想過。

置身於一個權力世界,無論我們所掌握的權力有多大或微小,我們都需要支持與指導。我們可從哪裏比從耶穌和祂選立的盤石、伯多祿那裏,尋得更好的支持和幫助呢?

親愛的主,面對要肩負起祢託於我的挑戰,求祢與我同在。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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