Categories: HomiliesPublished On: February 22nd, 2021Tags: , 296 words9 min read
Chair of St Peter

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Feast of the Chair of St Peter

Really, we celebrate a chair. Of course not, in technical terms we are celebrating the authority of the Vicar of Christ and the Magisterium of our Church. Vicar meaning that when Jesus left the earth, He needed someone in charge, and He chose Peter for that role. Ever since then the apostolic tradition has continued down to this day with Pope Francis and will continue. Jesus uses the agricultural symbol of sheep. And that the flock needs a shepherd. Jesus was that shepherd. The shepherd is to encourage and strengthen the flock by example and through prayer. Jesus prayed for Peter to have that strength and was filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Peter accepted the model established by Jesus, he led by example. Peter also realized that in his flock he had many talented individuals. Peter listened and sought advice from members of his flock. For some, they became his magisterium, maintaining the deposit of faith. Others were leaders, shepherds, guiding others.

Yes, we can have sheep guiding sheep as they discern their vocation for such an important role. Each of us has a place in this Church. We are to become the best we can as we serve the Lord. What gifts do you have? In the discernment process, it is common to ask others what they see in you. We cannot always see our own gifts, but others do. Seek out their spiritual guidance. Then ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. You will be surprised.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen