Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Everything about the readings on this Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle, are why I came to believe that Catholicism is the truth. But I didn’t come to this realization on my own. God gave me the grace of faith, knowledge and understanding. I am so grateful for these wonderful gifts.
I wonder, how often do we thank God for such an incredible religion and the beautiful sacraments which allow his graces to flow into our spirit, bodies and lives?
I recently reverted to Catholicism about six years ago and I still cry daily when I receive the Lord in the Eucharist at Mass and feel his loving mercy through my weekly confessions. I cannot imagine how Peter must have felt when he was asked three times by Jesus, “Do you love me?” Even though he denied Jesus previously, he came to know, by the Father’s gift, that Jesus was the Christ. Then Jesus hands him the keys to the Kingdom of heaven and the power to forgive sins.
Can you imagine being Peter at that moment? Whoa...what a responsibility! What an honor! What a gift! And how about when Peter performed his first miracles in Jesus’ name - can you imagine how he felt? I cannot fathom the faith he had in that day and age facing the chosen people of God, the Jews, and plainly disagreeing with them that Jesus is the Messiah and the Savior of the world. We know all too well the persecution and ultimately martyrdom of St. Peter.
These are trying times we live in now and our lovely Church no doubt continues to be attacked. I would like to thank all of the holy priests out there who are dedicated to guide us poor souls on righteous paths. If it wasn’t for the faith, courage and commitment of our priests - we would not be able to receive the Lord through the beautiful sacraments! May all you priests know there are many faithful servants of the Lord who pray for you and who hope you wear your collar with pride and joy. My heart melts when I see a priest out in public with their collar on - I love it! And I am not shy, I go right up to them and thank them for their vocation. Let’s all remember to thank our priests, in person, for their service and for answering God’s call.
I would like to ask everyone to please pause now and say a prayer for Pope Francis, bishops, priests and clergy that they lead with courage and right judgement and govern our Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world. And one last prayer of mercy for those who have fallen into sin - that they reconcile themselves to God and through his mercy lead faithful, holy lives.
Together, we as one body and one church can and will make our religion stronger, healthier and better than ever before. Long live the Church, Lord knows I need it to survive! God bless you all and keep praying for our amazing faith and let’s thank St. Peter for accepting the keys and leading us to salvation.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Lord, will you please protect your church and its leaders with Our Blessed Mother?
Jesus, will you please give me faith like Peter, even though I have abandoned you before?
Jesus, will you please help me never take for granted our beautiful Church and the amazing sacraments?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Mary, please intercede for us."
"Mary, cover the church in your mantle."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Please take some time today and pray for our Church and its leaders and for the mercy of God to fall upon all of us, one body, one church. Let’s also pray that we be grateful for our faith and remember each and every time we go to Mass, confession or Adoration how amazing God is to give us these wonderful sacramental graces in our lives. And lastly, let’s show our faith by loving everyone we encounter today and shine the light of Jesus through our actions, words and smiles. It is so awesome to be Catholic.
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