Prayer of the Day

Daily Prayer

January 4th, 2014
""Andrew took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said to him; "You are Simon, son of John; you are to be called Cephas - meaning Rock."" John 1 : 41

The Christmas message is that the Messiah has come into our lives.  He came into the life of Peter too.  Jesus sees leadership qualities in Peter as his brother Andrew was introducing him to Jesus.

When asked by Jesus at Caesarea Phillipi, “But you, who do you say I am?”  Simon replied; “You are the Messiah,  the son of the living God.”   Jesus praised him and said;  “Simon Barjona,  it is not flesh and blood that has revealed this to you but my Father in Heaven.”   Jesus knew what was in his chosen band of disciples,  the men on whom he would found his Church.  Jesus showed the trust and confidence he had in his Apostles.

It is not our merits that make us members of the Church,  but the grace of God.  It is God’s spirit that leads the Church and not any human power or any perfection to be found in any of its members.   In our day the Church has been shaken to its foundations by many scandals.  Frantic measures are being taken to clean up the mess and restore its credibility.  We must never forget that we fallible weak creatures are the Church.

As long as the Church is made up of human beings it is never going to be perfect.  Christ knew that when he called Peter to lead his Church.  Peter was the man who denied him three times.  But Christ also knew there was goodness in Peter,  another side to him,  great generosity and a great love for Christ.   So,  in our zealous drive to clean up the Church,  let us never forget both the sinners and their innocent victims.  Both need and deserve our justice and compassionate love.

Prayer We pray for new healing in the Church and new hope for the victims and their families who suffer with them and often carry their pain to the grave. May your grace be upon us, Oh Lord as we place all our hope in you. Amen