Intention: That we may nurture a culture of vocation that invites and inspires all people to discern how to live their lives as their best and truest selves.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 16:13-19
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 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. And so 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. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
From the Meditation on the Chair of Saint Peter at Antioch | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Your role, then, is to work to increase and to take care of this sheepfold; therefore, you must honor our Holy Father, the Pope, as the holy shepherd of this flock and the High Priest of the Church. You must respect his every word. It ought to be enough that something comes from him for you to be infinitely attentive. Is this how you have acted up to the present? Adore God’s authority in this sovereign Shepherd of souls, and in the future, look upon him as the great teacher of the Church.
Eternal Father, your Son spoke to us of the need to let go of those things that hold us or each other back from you. Teach us how to empty ourselves of those things that we cling to in weakness or in ignorance. Help us to find the courage to live your truth wherever we are, especially in the face of unrest and injustice. May our works speak to all of our faith in you and hope for our world. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.