22 February 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Monday of the first week of Lent, February 22, 2021; feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, apostle.

Tend the flock of God in your midst. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Monday in the first week of Lent, February 22, 2021; feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, apostle. Reading ia delivered by Elisabeth Sonia (from the University Catholic Center in Texas, USA) and meditation delivered by Fransiska Susan (from the Catholic Community, in Cambridge, USA). 1 Peter 5: 1-4; Rs psalm 23: 1-3a.3b-4.5.6; Matthew 16: 13-19.


Our meditation today has the theme: Depend on the Builder. In a small town there is the only suspension bridge built over the river which divides the town and has been a great benefit to both pedestrians and drivers. All the townspeople worked together to collect funds for the development of the bridge. The craftsmen and workers were also from the town itself.

When the provincial government visited the town, they were amazed and praised the permanently built and modern bridge. They asked the people of the town who designed and worked on the bridge. They unanimously said that the bridge from the beginning to the end was very dependent on the builders and craftsmen who worked it out.

We can say in the same way about the building and formation of the Church as the community of God’s people. Our God the Father sent Jesus, the Son of God, into the world with the idea, concept and plan in His divine will, with the main purpose for the salvation of mankind and the whole world. The Builder who had finished this plan and work was Jesus Christ. All the works and their outcomes totally depended on Jesus Christ.

During His life with his foster father, Joseph of Nazareth, Jesus learned to be a carpenter like His father Joseph. Among the household furniture produced, the wooden chair could be a particular and important item made which was so meaningful for Jesus. This “chair” represents a central position in the kingdom of God. In building His Church, Jesus actually erected a permanent stone chair that could not rot and be eaten by termites.

The chair was occupied by a Church leader chosen by Jesus Himself to lead the flock of God’s people when Jesus already ascended to heaven. The seat was occupied by the first Pope, namely Peter, the first apostle. It has been called Peter’s chair until now. The Pope from time to time to the current Pope Francis, leads the Church by sitting on the throne that Jesus had prepared it.

The Pope in collegiality with all bishops in the world presides, teaches, guides and governs the Church. He teaches in truth and wisdom like Jesus Christ and St. Peter. The Pope’s authority is not a social and political force to rule the world, but a moral force, faith and spirituality of life. He guides in a shepherd style as did Jesus Christ. He governs that fellowship in Christ be preserved and to prevent divisions in the Church. Today we are all asked to pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O Father in heaven, strengthen our fellowship as a Church with our Holy Father, Francis, so that it will always be the true and holy Church. Our Father who art in heaven … In the name of the Father …

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