FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 22, 2021
First Monday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
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.” (Matthew 16: 13 – 19)
How shall I live this Word?
Neither the skill or privilege of Peter are at the heart of today’s good news, expressly chosen by Jesus as the foundation of His Church, but the immovability and radicalism of God’s plan itself, which uses simple, limited human means to proclaim the message to all peoples. In fact, God’s plan is forever, His plans go through the generations unchanged, and He never repents of His Word. It is a plan that is delivered to us, together with the ability to welcome it fully and make it existentially realized. The granite words of Jesus – “You are …” are effectively addressed to us too. He does not go back, does not change His mind, every day He renews His confidence in us, considering us capable of improving, capable of following Him, capable of witnessing to Him, capable of taking on that name and surname that He always thought corresponded to us.
Today I will sincerely ask myself if my journey of faith is actually subject to the authority of the universal Church, through acts of obedience and bonds of sharing with its institutional representatives. My submission to the Church manifests my submission to Christ.
The Voice of St. Gregory Nazianzus
Words belong no more to the one who says them than to the one who exhorts to say them.
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