Saturday 22 February 2020
Chair of St Peter, Apostle
1 Peter 5:1-4. Psalm 22(23). Matthew 16:13-19.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want – Psalm 22(23).
‘But who do you say that I am?’
At times, when the burden of living our faith authentically in the world seems too hard we must return to the question: ‘Who do you say I am?’ This question will force us to decide between being true disciples, silent observers, or active opponents. We, like the disciples two millennia ago, are invited to choose to say Yes with our lives and make the commitment to faith.
Today, more than ever, every position of leadership in the Church, be it pope, bishop, priest or lay leader, needs to attend to the needs of the people. The people will draw near to them, but not by force – enthusiasm emerges out of sincere love offered in a spirit of mutuality. ‘Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock.’
Lord Jesus, be with your pilgrim church, and confirm in faith all who lead your people.