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21ST Sunday O.T. (A). DO YOU LOVE THE POPE, CHRIST’S VICAR ON EARTH?

21ST Sunday O.T. (A).
DO YOU LOVE THE POPE,
CHRIST’S VICAR ON EARTH?

Today’s Gospel speaks to us about the PETER’S PROFESSION OF FAITH IN JESUS’ DIVINITY and the PRIMACY OF PETER:

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” SIMON PETER REPLIED, “YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. AND I TELL YOU, YOU ARE PETER, AND ON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, AND THE POWERS OF DEATH U SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT. I WILL GIVE YOU THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, AND WHATEVER YOU BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN, AND WHATEVER YOU LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN.” (Mt 16: 13-21)

These Gospel passages are of utmost importance because in them Our Lord Jesus Christ promised the primacy of Peter over the Church which Our Lord founded on Peter (rock=Cephas), and at the same time the powers he will have to exercise his supreme authority over His Church, symbolized by the giving of the keys, which during the ancient times, signifies giving authority over one’s city or property (see as well 1st reading, Is 22:19–23 where Our Lord tells Sheba that he “will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder” ).

It is a primacy which is to be CONFERRED and at the same time CONFIRMED onto him in the loving dialogue recounted by St. John when Our Lord asked Peter thrice if he loves Him. (Cf. Jn 21: 15-19)

  • That Jesus asked Peter if he loves Him thrice is noteworthy. It is as if Jesus wanted to give Peter a triple opportunity to atone for his triple denial. But each time Our Lord asked Peter the same question: “Do you love me?” and Peter responds affirmatively, Jesus responded with a corresponding task entrusting Peter to feed, tend and feed his lambs and sheep. What did Our Lord mean by this?
    • Not only does it signify that ALL LOVE HAS ITS RESPONSIBILITIES (fidelity, unity, sacrifice, self-giving, forgetting oneself, fecundity, understanding, mercy and forgiveness…);
    • But also, it is the essential moment of fulfilling his promise in Mt 16, giving the primacy to Peter over His Church in a direct and immediate manner, a primacy which is passed onto his successors, the Popes till the present day.

It is worthwhile to review the points of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the primacy of Peter, which are the following:

881 The Lord made Simon alone, whom he named Peter, the “rock” of his Church. He gave him the keys of his Church and instituted him shepherd of the whole flock. “The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of apostles united to its head.” This pastoral office of Peter and the other apostles belongs to the Church’s very foundation and is continued by the bishops under the primacy of the Pope.

882 The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter’s successor, “is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful.” “For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered.”

Dear friends: Let us then THANK OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR LEAVING ALL THINGS IN PLACE BEFORE ASCENDING INTO HEAVEN, CONFERRING THE GRACE OF PRIMACY OF JURISDICTION AND AUTHORITY TO PETER AND HIS SUCCESSORS TO GUARD AND PROTECT THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH FOUNDED BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IN FAITH, LOVE AND COMMUNION. It is something which Our Lord Jesus Christ wanted and it is not based on human customs or caprice.

As such, Peter, and each his successors, is the SHEPHERD of the entire universal Church and the VICAR OF CHRIST, i.e., the when the Pope acts or exercises his authority, he is exercising Christ’s own authority.

At this point, let us examine ourselves: Do we have a theological  and human love for the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth?

St. Josemaria encourages us: “Offer your prayer, your atonement, and your action for this end: ut sint unum! – that all of us Christians may share one will, one heart, one spirit. This is so that omnes cum Petro ad Iesum per Mariam – that we may all go to Jesus, closely united to the Pope, through Mary.”  The Forge, 647

Let us also ask Our Lord to engrave in our heart a DEEP LOVE AND DEVOTION FOR “SWEET CHRIST ON EARTH”, as St. Catherine of Sienna used to call the Roman Pontiff and THAT THIS LOVE BE TRANSLATED INTO PRAYER AND MORTIFICATION, COUPLED WITH OBEDIENCE!

“Welcome the Pope’s words with a religious, humble, internal and effective acceptance. And pass them on.”  The Forge, 133

A Blessed week ahead and God bless! Fr. Rolly Arjonillo.

 

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THE RESOURCEFUL KID…

THE RESOURCEFUL KID…

who found a way to steal a kiss and an embrace from the Pope! Kids are imaginative and resourceful…and this one just got the most memorable moment of his childhood captured by the lens and bound to be remembered throughout his lifetime.

The advantages of being little, not only in worldy affairs but also in the spiritual life… St. Therese of Lisieux considered herself small, very small and found the solution to soar high: Jesus’ arms which she calls her “elevator”. St. Josemaria calls it spiritual childhood and gives the advice:

“Be a little child; the greatest daring is always that of children Who cries for… the moon? Who is blind to dangers in getting what he wants?

To such a child add much grace from God, the desire to do his Will, great love for Jesus, all the human knowledge he is capable of acquiring, and you will have a likeness of the apostles of today such as God undoubtedly wants them (The Way, n. 857).”

SEE AS WELL:

GOD’S TENDERNESS, POPE FRANCIS, AND SPIRITUAL CHILDHOOD in http://wp.me/p6k7Mv-2qM

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL CHILDHOOD in http://wp.me/p6k7Mv-1UF

VIDEO CREDIT: @franciscus Pope Francis’ Instagram account.

April 29: ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA, Virgin and Doctor of the Church. Short bio vid + Beautiful Divine office 2nd reading

April 29
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Short bio vid + Beautiful Divine office 2nd reading

St. Catherine (1347-1380) was a responsible instrument for the return of Pope Gregory XI from Avignon to Rome. In deed and in truth, she showed her love for God’s Church and the Roman Pontiff. With her short life she gave us a lesson of courage: the courage of telling the truth for love of the Church and of souls. Imprinted with the sacred stigmata, she died in Rome at thirty-three years of age. She was proclaimed patroness of Italy on 18 June 1939. In 1970 Pope Paul VI proclaimed her Doctor of the Church.

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+++SECOND READING BEGINS HERE++

Second Reading
From the dialogue On Divine Providence by Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor
I tasted and I saw

Eternal God, eternal Trinity, you have made the blood of Christ so precious through his sharing in your divine nature. You are a mystery as deep as the sea; the more I search, the more I find, and the more I find the more I search for you. But I can never be satisfied; what I receive will ever leave me desiring more. When you fill my soul I have an even greater hunger, and I grow more famished for your light. I desire above all to see you, the true light, as you really are.

I have tasted and seen the depth of your mystery and the beauty of your creation with the light of my understanding. I have clothed myself with your likeness and have seen what I shall be. Eternal Father, you have given me a share in your power and the wisdom that Christ claims as his own, and your Holy Spirit has given me the desire to love you. You are my Creator, eternal Trinity, and I am your creature. You have made of me a new creation in the blood of your Son, and I know that you are moved with love at the beauty of your creation, for you have enlightened me.

Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light and causes me to know your truth. By this light, reflected as it were in a mirror, I recognise that you are the highest good, one we can neither comprehend nor fathom. And I know that you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love.

You are the garment which covers our nakedness, and in our hunger you are a satisfying food, for you are sweetness and in you there is no taste of bitterness, O triune God!

Responsory

℟. Now that you are endowed with the gift of my Spirit, cleansed from all stain by the outpouring of my blood,* leave the quiet of contemplation and resolutely take up the work of witnessing to my truth, alleluia.

℣. Open your heart to me, my sister, co-heir with me of my kingdom; my beloved, who have understood Truth’s hidden mysteries;* leave the quiet of contemplation and resolutely take up the work of witnessing to my truth, alleluia.

Let us pray.

O God, who set Saint Catherine of Siena on fire with divine love in her contemplation of the Lord’s Passion and her service of your Church, grant, through her intercession, that your people, participating in the mystery of Christ, may exult forever in the revelation of his glory. Who lives and reigns with you.

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Feb. 22: THE CHAIR OF ST PETER: Insight vid + text on the meaning of the feast.

February 22
THE CHAIR OF ST PETER:
Insight vid + text on the meaning of the feast.

Dear friends in Christ, Happy Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Below you have an explanation of the meaning of today’s feast taken from F. Fernández-Carvajal, “In Conversation with God, vol. 6”: an excellent bestseller, multitranslated 7-volume collection of daily meditations. Happy reading and meditation.

+++EXCERPT OF MEDITATION BEGINS HERE+++

This feast celebrates the fact that Peter established his See in Rome. Christians were known to have celebrated this feast before the Fourth Century. The original name found on the ancient calendars was Natale Petri de Cathedra and the original date was 22 February.

The Lord said to Simon Peter: I have prayed that your faith may not fail; and you in your turn must strengthen your brothers (Entrance Antiphon Luke 22:32).

The Chair of Saint Peter refers to his seat of authority. The Fathers of the Church used this term as a symbol of a bishop’s authority, paying special regard to the Bishop of Rome. In the Third Century, Saint Cyprian wrote: Peter holds primacy so as to show that Christ’s Church is one, that his Chair is one. He goes on to emphasize the matter of unity with these words: God is one. The Lord is one. The Church is one. The Chair founded by Christ is one (St Cyprian, Epistle 43, 5).

For many years, the people of Rome had on display a wooden chair which Saint Peter reputedly sat upon. Saint Damasus moved this relic to the baptistry of the newly built Vatican in the fourth century. The chair was seen and honoured by thousands of pilgrims from all over Christendom. At the time when the present Basilica of Saint Peter was erected, it was thought advisable to preserve the chair in bronze and gold.

Before the fourth century, in the earliest liturgical calendars of the Church one finds this feast, Natale Petri de Cathedra, the celebration of the institution of the papacy. This feast highlights the fact that the Bishop of Rome has jurisdiction throughout the entire world. It has been a long-standing custom to commemorate the consecration of bishops in their respective dioceses. Yet these commemorations pertained solely to the limits of each diocese. The Chair of Peter, however, is unique in that it extends to all Christianity and has done so from the first centuries. As Saint Augustine has pointed out on a sermon for this feast: “Our forefathers gave the name ‘Chair’ to this feast so that we might remember that the Prince of the Apostles was entrusted with the ‘Chair’ of the episcopate (St Augustine, Sermon 15 on the Saints).”  We should be sure to review the quality of our love and obedience to the Pope.

Dear friends, our “LOVE FOR THE POPE IS A GOOD INDICATOR OF OUR LOVE FOR CHRIST. THIS LOVE AND VENERATION NEEDS TO BE SPECIFIED IS DAILY PRAYER AND SACRIFICE FOR HIS INTENTIONS: Dominus conservet eum et vivificet eum et beatum faciat eum in terra... May the Lord preserve him and give him life and make him blessed on earth, and not deliver him up to the will of his enemies. We should show this love in real life: whenever we make a trip for apostolic purposes, when we are sick, whenever people are attacking the Church, when we are introducing our friends to the Faith. “Catholic, apostolic, Roman! I want you to be very Roman, ever anxious to make your ‘pilgrimage’ to Rome, videre Petrum – ‘to see Peter’ (St. Josemaria, The Way, 520).”

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WHY DO WE CATHOLICS LOVE THE POPE? HERE ARE THE REASONS. Audiovisual (02:37s)

WHY DO WE CATHOLICS LOVE THE POPE?
HERE ARE THE REASONS.
Audiovisual
 
As we greet Pope Francis and pray for him for his 80th birthday on Dec, 17, 2016, (see http://wp.me/p6k7Mv-1KZ ), it is a good occasion to review the theological reasons why we Catholics love the Pope, whoever he may be and pray together as you would watch in the last slide of this audiovisual. #Happy80thPopeFrancis!
 
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AUDIO CREDIT: “Sheep May Safely Graze – BWV 208” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
PHOTO CREDIT: L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO VIA VATICAN RADIO.