Today's Daily Bread
Wed. Feb 22, 2017: 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 16:13-19
You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church. A chair might be the last place we expect to find Peter, who was hardly the sedentary type! Jesus calls him a rock, (certainly, he was hardheaded), but in his own ministry, as portrayed in his first letter, he reminds us of the present pope, “a fellow presbyter,” and leader by example. From Peter to Francis -- that’s a long arc! They both love the church, because they know “the chief Shepherd” is Jesus Christ, who binds us to himself. Some find organized religion a little stale, yet Peter’s declaration still sounds fresh: “You are the Christ, Son of the living God!” The church is alive, too! Even though I walk in the dark valley, I fear no evil.