On this day, Catholics recall the key event in the establishment of Christ’s Church on earth, when He appointed Peter to lead His Church: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church…” (Matthew 16:18)
These days, however, more than ever, we need to remind ourselves about the profession of Faith which Peter made in the divinity of Christ just prior to Our Lord’s appointment of him as the first pope: having asked the disciples “whom do men say that the Son of man is?” (v.13) He then turned to Peter to ask him directly: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (v.16).
Now, with Peter’s profession of faith made public, he is given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven (v.19)
The election of Pope Francis has thrown the Church into turmoil, so let’s use this thread to remind ourselves, firstly, of the need to pray for the Pope and for all the Bishops of the Church, but also to remind ourselves of the need for steadfast faith in the face of this terrible crisis – there is little merit, after all, in fidelity to Christ and Church when ruled by a faithful, saintly pope!
Key question: should Pope Francis make a public declaration of Catholic Faith, to mark today’s Feast, given the confusion surrounding many of his public statements and the scandal surrounding Amoris Laetitia?
As with all Feast Day / devotional threads we may discuss relevant issues, of course, but also post favourite hymns, prayers, poems, and share stories of miracles of grace attributable to these great saints.
A very happy Feast of Ss Peter & Paul to all our bloggers, and visitors to this site.