FRIDAY 1ST WEEK
Msgr. Stuart Swetland
Vice President of Catholic Identity
Professor of Philosophy
Feasting in Lent
“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.” Matthew 16: 18
A Feast Day in Lent and on a Friday – what good news this is! It is indeed “good news” and we should celebrate – feast when the Church feasts, fast when the Church fasts. But what are we celebrat-ing? The “Chair of Peter” represents the teaching authority entrusted to Peter (and his successors) by Jesus. We thus celebrate that God loves us so much that he has not abandoned us or left us mere written instruction, but He has given us a living magisterium (teaching office) which ensures that we have access to “the truth that liberates” us from sin, Satan and death—the life and person of Jesus Christ (cf. CCC 890).
Lord, help me to love You more; to know and follow Your teachings.
Please continue to bless Your servant our Holy Father,
the Successor of Peter. Amen.
1Pt 5: 1-4, Ps 23: 1-6, Mt 16: 13-19