·

February 22, 2019

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

I’m sure in your family homes there was “grandpa’s chair,” “mom’s chair,” or some sacred space that NO ONE could sit in at the table or living room. Even after my grandfather died, no one wanted to sit in his chair due to reverence for his life and this very special spot. We always felt his presence there, even after his death. He had a strong impact on our lives, as do all our family leaders.

Today we celebrate another sacred spot or place that has been quite unique in our church’s liturgical calendar. We think of the place that Peter had in the leadership of the church, confessing and sharing the faith.

Since his martyrdom, there have been many a chair and church built over this special place. This last one has stood for over 400 years, with a special statue inside where pilgrims reverently touch Peter’s foot on “his chair.” They give reverence and respect to his faith. Generations see his life and witness as a strong place, a rock and foundation by which a structure of shepherding the “house of the LORD” grows. His presiding from an enduring place of faith is like other witnesses in our lives, who show us the care of Christ so that we may too confess, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Where ever we hail and live our faith, we are called, as Peter’s letter says, to “tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly.” We remember how our grandparents, parents, and other people of faith led from their chair or sacred space to witness for Christ. May our regular confession of faith help our family’s next generation know their special place.

Who do we thank God today for sharing their confession of faith? In what way can we share our stories with our next generation so that they know the special place they hold?

Let Us Pray:

LORD God,
through the transformation of Peter’s life
he came to know, through love and forgiveness,
his gifts and care for the People of God.
May we continue to be your shepherding servants,
supporting the vocation of leadership
in our church today.
Through Christ our LORD.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father John Thomas Lane is the pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Highland Heights, Ohio. He has degrees in education, music, theology, and liturgy and speaks and writes regularly about vocations and liturgical theology and ministry. For questions or further materials, please contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com.