WORD of the DAY
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)
On this feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we remember in a special way the precious and indispensable service of the Pope, successor of St. Peter, in the role he has as the father and teacher of Christians. It is Jesus Himself who chooses Peter to entrust to him ‘the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven’, symbol of power, but above all, of the mission that the Pope must accomplish for the good and the progress of the faithful.
Today we are invited to pray especially for the Pope, as the one who is responsible for teaching and guiding the faithful so that he will be illumined by the Spirit and supported by all Christians, and all of humanity. The Pope becomes a real point of reference for the ‘civilization of love’ in which justice must be integrated and sublimated in charity, as Pope Paul VI insisted.
Lord, sustain our beloved Pope Francis and give him the light and the strength to guide the Christian people.
The voice of Prayer of today’s Liturgy
Grant, omnipotent God, that amid the world’s upsets, your Church will not be disturbed. You founded it on the rock with the profession of faith of the apostle Peter.