Thursday 22 February 2024

About Today Readings

Chair of St Peter, Apostle

1 Peter 5:1–4. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want – Psalm 22(23). Matthew 16:13–19.

We pray to be lionhearted in our devotion to God

There’s a song by a band called Of Monsters and Men called ‘King and Lionheart’ that might be a worthy accompaniment to today’s reading. The song tells of someone who faces a fearful journey, who finds solace in their mission and the company of their king. It puts me in mind of those first disciples, sent out into danger to spread the Word of God.

The singer refrains: ‘Howling ghosts, they reappear/In mountains that are stacked with fear/But you’re a king and I’m a lionheart/A lionheart.’

The faith of those first disciples was the rock that Jesus speaks about in today’s reading. The keys to the kingdom of heaven were theirs, and not even their deaths could stop that kingdom prevailing. As heirs to that kingdom, we pray that we also remain lionhearted in our devotion to God, and find solace that no matter what we face we are never alone in our journey.

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