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FLESH AND BLOOD HATH NOT REVEALED IT TO THEE, BUT MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN (Mt. 16:17b)

Chair of St Peter; homily by St Leo, Pope

The Lord asked the apostles, what men thought of him; and as long as they were expressing the obscure opinions of men, there was one common reply from all. But when he asked what they themselves thought, he who was first in apostolic dignity was the first to confess the Lord. And when he had said: “You are the Christ the Son of the living God,” Jesus answered him: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona, because flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.” That is: “You are, therefore, blessed, because my Father has taught you; earthly opinion has not deceived you, but heavenly inspiration has instructed you; and not flesh and blood, but he, whose only-begotten Son I am, has revealed me to you.”

And I say to you,” he says: that is, “As my Father has manifested to you my divinity, so I make known to you your excellence.

You are Peter“, that is, “As I am the invulnerable rock, the cornerstone, who make both one, I the foundation beside which there can be laid no other, so you too are a rock, in my strength made hard, and I share with you the powers which are proper to me.” 

And upon this rock it”will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it“: “Upon this strength,” he says, “I will construct an eternal temple; and my Church which is to rise to the height of heaven, shall be founded upon the firmness of this faith.”

Against this confession the gates of hell shall never prevail, and the chains of death shall not take hold upon it, for these words are the words of life. Those who confess him, he raises to heaven; those who deny him, he buries in hell. And so he says to the most blessed Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever you shall bind on earth, it shall be bheaven.n heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” This power indeed, has also passed to the other apostles, and the essence of this decree has come down to all the rulers of the Church; but it is not in vain that what is meant for all should be committed to one only. For it is entrusted especially to Peter, because Peter is set before all the rulers of the Church as an example.

Therefore, Peter’s privilege remains, wheresoever judgment is given according to his justice. Nor is there too great a degree of severity or indulgence, when nothing will be bound or loosed, except what Peter will bind or loose.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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25th APRIL, RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 117)

R. The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.

1. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love has no end.
Let the sons of Israel say:
“His love has no end.”
Let those who fear the Lord say:
“His love has no end.” (R.)

2. The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord;
we rejoice and are glad. (R.)

3. O Lord, grant us salvation;
O Lord, grant success.
Blessed in the name of the Lord
is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
the Lord God is our light. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
This day was made by the Lord;
we rejoice and are glad.
Alleluia!

 

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21st MARCH, GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 21:33-43, 45-46)

THIS IS THE HEIR. COME ON, LET US KILL HIM.

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a large number, and they dealt with them in the same way.

Finally he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.’ So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They answered, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him when the season arrives.”

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone. This was the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see? I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”

When they heard his parables, the chief priests and the scribes realised he was speaking about them but though they would have liked to arrest him they were afraid of the crowds, who looked on him as a prophet.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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“BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNER STONE…” (Eph. 2:19-22)

“LOVE FOR THE CHURCH IS INSEPARABLE FOR LOVE FOR JESUS CHRIST”

“Thus has God put all things under the feet of Christ and set him above all things, as head of the Church which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:22-23).
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“Together with Jesus Christ, may you have a living zeal for the Church. She is the beloved bride, sprung from His rib, as Eve did from Adam’s. The Church is the tenderest object of His care, His solicitude and His love. She is the real depository of His eternal truth, the noble distributor of His infinite gifts, the faithful minister of His will and the beautiful image of the heavenly Jerusalem.

HIS MYSTICAL BODY

Love for the Church is inseparable from love for Jesus Christ because it is His mystical body and lives in Him, just as He truly lives in her. How can you think therefore of loving Jesus without seeing that you must love His Church?

LOVING JESUS UNCONDITIONALLY WITHOUT STRINGS ATTACHED

How can you think therefore of loving Jesus, without seeing that you must love His Church? Furthermore, the Church is your mother, she opened her arms to you when you were born and took you into her womb via your Baptism, as a mother she watches over you, guides you and helps you through the Sacraments and other spiritual gifts. As a mother she will assist you in the hour of your death with her heavenly comforts and blessings. How long will you be indifferent to such a tender mother?

HOW LONG WILL SHE BE PERSECUTED BEFORE YOU DEFEND HER?

How long will she be persecuted and afflicted before you rise up to defend her? Up now, unite yourself to the divine Heart of Jesus, and put all pious efforts, suggested to you by an industrious and prudent zeal, toward the good of the Church. Generously forgo any human importance or regard in order to defend her cause, even before fierce enemies. Love the Church with the same love the Heart of Jesus has, and O, how you will help her to triumph!

PRAYER: O loving Heart of Jesus, I am worth nothing, unless I give you glory, both in heaven and on earth.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri (capital headings added)

 
 

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