READINGS for 2008-02-22

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly… – 1 Peter 5:2-3
Vannie was our very first women’s moderator in the Alabang branch of our community of single professionals. I can only imagine her surprise and initial hesitation at accepting that role when it was first given her. After all, she was happy and comfortable serving where she was.
        But obedience to God and her desire to serve Him came first and foremost. That’s why she courageously said “yes” to the daunting task of praying for, building and co-leading a new branch in spite of the uncertainty of it all.
        That was 11 years ago. Today, Vannie’s and the mission team’s commitment and willingness to serve has borne fruit in a community of brothers and sisters that has thrived and grown in the service of the Lord and His people. Dina Pecaña
True service to the Lord is best caught instead of taught through the witness of His generous and humble servants.
Grant me the grace, Lord, to lovingly and willingly do what You ask of me.


When we celebrate this Feast of the Chair of Peter, we are really celebrating the authority given to the Pope to lead the Church in its mission to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Jesus gave Peter the authority and responsibility to teach the People of God what it means to be a Christian. This ultimately means that each of us has the responsibility to read the documents that come forth form the Vatican as part of our discovering the mind of Christ for our lives.
1 Peter 5:1-4
1 I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. 2 Tend the flock of God in your midst, [overseeing] not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. 3 Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6
R: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; 3 he refreshes my soul. (R) 4 Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage. (R) 5 You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (R) 6 Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come. (R)
We should not take lightly the authority to forgive sins. That we have a sacrament for this purpose means that God places a high priority upon the goal of cleansing us from our sins. Because this is God’s priority, it also ought to be ours. Let us seek to make regular Confession a part of our lives.
Matthew 16:13-19
13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 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. 18 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. 19 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.”
my reflections
think:Let us seek to make regular Confession a part of our lives.

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KnoW Jesus in a personal Way
We often hear the stock phrase, “Walang personalan, trabaho lang” in situations where people are wont to do their work faithfully and diligently without allowing their personal life to affect them; or, in situations where one affects other people personally with his or her action and he justifies the action as “trabaho lang.”
        There are situations in life when one needs to detach himself personally from his work, like in the case of counselors of their clients or doctors of their patients. Otherwise, the work may suffer. If a counselor gets too involved personally, his objectivity can be affected. There are cases of doctors not wanting to perform surgeries on family members because they are “paralyzed” even with just the thought of it. So, this situation is indeed justified.
        But there are situations when such an order does not apply. Take today’s gospel for example. Jesus would have been content with the thought that Peter has reached this point in his life that he has substantial knowledge of Jesus that he has acquired from “others.” But Jesus wanted something more from him. Jesus wanted Peter to have a personal knowledge of Him.
        This is a constant theme in the life of Jesus with His disciples. He commended Mary for choosing the better part and it shall not be taken from her, He said. He wanted first to be assured of Peter’s love for Him before He gave him the mandate to feed His sheep. He chose the twelve apostles first, to be with Him and, second, to be sent out to proclaim the message (Mark 3:14).
        As Christians, we need to develop a more intimate and personal relationship with Jesus and allow everything else to flow from that. Our minds are probably filled to the brim with knowledge of Jesus coming from others. The time is already rife for us to claim those knowledge for our selves. Fr. Sandy Enhaynes
Reflection Question:
Do you know Jesus in a personal way?
Jesus, I long to know You intimately as my Savior, brother and friend. Draw me to You
with Your grace and love.
St. Margaret of Cortona, penitent, pray for us.

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