Life is where we stand not where we sit

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40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Thursday, Feast of St. Peter's Chair, 22 February 2024
1 Peter 5:1-4    <*{{{{>< + + + ><}}}}*>     Matthew 16:13-19
Photo by author, Chapel of the Holy Family, Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, 2018.
My Lord Jesus,
on this Feast of St. Peter's Chair
when the Church's authority
especially of the Pope and bishops
is put into question,
even challenged,
you remind us also your priests
that “the primacy of Peter 
symbolized by his chair atop 
the magnificent altar at the Vatican 
is the primacy of faith 
and the primacy of love” 
(Pope Benedict XVI,
"Images of Hope", 
Ignatius Press, 2006).
These beautiful words by your
servant Pope Benedict XVI
remind us too that discipleship
and life itself are about where we stand
not about where we are seated;
make us realize, dear Jesus,
that like St. Peter and all the saints
who served you faithfully in love,
we need to make a stand as witnesses
of your gospel values of love and justice,
mercy and kindness;
no one can truly be your disciple nor 
be fruitful in life by remaining
seated comfortably by the roadside;
let us do our mission not profession,
be concerned with persons not programs,
focused on ministry and services
not in perks and positions.
May we remain standing by your Cross,
Jesus, even when the world prefers
 to avoid pains and sufferings, 
sacrifices and sharing,
inefficiencies and waiting.
Amen. 
Photo by author, Chapel of the Holy Family, Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, 2018.

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