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Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

1 John 4:18: There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you that we can reverence you without fearing your anger. Thank you that we can revere your word and yet not be horrified with my inadequacies. May your love in us produce a closer likeness to your holiness, righteousness, justice and mercy than all the laws, threats, and judges combined. We pray in the name of Infant Jesus, who ransomed us from sin and poured out his love upon us. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (February 22, 2013)
Day: Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle
First Reading: 1 Pt 5:1-4
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19
Lectionary: 535
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Matthew 5:20-26
20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 21"You have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.' 22But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, `You fool!' shall be liable to the hell of fire. 23So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; 26truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
What is the remedy for overcoming anger and rage? Mercy, forbearance, and compassion spring from a heart full of love and forgiveness. God has forgiven us and he calls us to expand mercy and pardon towards those who cause us grief or harm. In the cross of Jesus we see the supreme example of love and the authority for overcoming evil. Only God's love and grace can set our hearts and minds free from the oppression of wounded pride and spiteful revenge. Do we harbor any anger towards a different person? And are we quick to be reconciled when a rupture has been caused in your relationships? Ask God to set us free and to fill up our heart and mind with his love and truth. Loving Infant Jesus, our heart is cold. Make it warm, compassionate, and merciful towards all, even those who do us harm. May we only think and say what is pleasing to you and be of kind service to all we meet.


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