Week 21: Thoughts for the week
‘No-one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the grace of the Holy Spirit.’ On this Sunday we hear the story of Peter’s acknowledgement of Jesus as The Christ, the Son of the Living God. Jesus in reply gives Peter his commission to lead the Community, and this commission has come down through the ages to our present Pope Francis.
‘You are Peter and on this rock I shall build My Church. And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I am with you always even to the end of time’
This promise remains firm. Jesus chooses those whom he wants and Peter may seem an odd choice as leader—voluble, cowardly and frail.
The word ‘cephas’ means not a great rock but a little pebble—which the Greeks used for voting in elections. Peter is likened to a little pebble, but with the promised support of Jesus he becomes the rock of the Church, rooted in and founded upon the rock of Christ.
Through the ages we have had popes of great frailty and also outstanding leadership. It is through the Grace of God that they have exercised their office. We have been blessed in recent centuries with good and holy Popes and we have today the chance to thank God for our present good Holy Father and to pray for him—for he would surely be the first to recognize his frailty.
During this coming week the Community at Douai will be on retreat. This week of input, prayer and reflection is vital for the week which we do for our parishes on behalf of the Community, for it is very much at this time that we receive the strength of God’s grace which can support our frailty. Please pray for the Community during this week
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