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Wisdom’s Authority Of Love

Reflection on Mass Reading for February 22, 2021

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. This has nothing to do with furniture and everything to do with the Lord’s intention to keep His great gift of the Church alive and faithful throughout the centuries. “Tend the flock of God in your midst.” From the very beginning of God’s Divine Revelation to the world of Himself, there has been a deep and abiding desire to make sure that we would be guided and loved just as a shepherd takes care of his sheep: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”

The Chair as a symbol of authority helps us understand why God truly wants to shepherd and protect us. When we need something important, we seem to approach someone who is sitting even in this day and age. Judges are seated when making rulings. Therapists and Counselors are placed when listening and comforting clients. Priests are in a chair when they pronounce absolution and show mercy to penitents. This is ongoing evidence of the Lord’s presence and ongoing care for us. “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” During these days of our daily spiritual journey, just days away from our yearly Lenten moment, let us pray for all who are in authority in the Church, starting with the Holy Father and all those entrusted with this incredible ministry. Although it is most likely true that “heavy is the head that wears the crown,” there are great blessings that come to those who lead and follow with generous hearts and loving souls: “Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come.”

“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge–fitter to bruise than polish.” Anne Bradstreet


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