The Unsinkable Bark Of Peter.

Jesus founded his Church on Peter, the Rock. ” You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church  and the gates of hell shall Not prevail against her”. ” I will be with you always, till the end of time”
There is truth in the words of Jesus . The kingdom of God on earth, the Church, had a very humble  beginning. A Galilean carpenter  surrounded by a few  fishermen, walking  through the region, preaching and working  wonders. The Church was firmly established on Jesus, as the corner stone and has been under the same ‘management’ for over two thousands years.

On the feast of Pentecost, when the Spirit of God  promised by Jesus, came upon the disciples, a wonderful  beginning took place. The  Church was rejuvenated  and  the bark of Peter became unsinkable . She will  sail triumphantly on and on till the end for she has the promise of Jesus .

The lesson that runs though the gospel and through history is ‘not to be afraid, not to lose heart’ . We are to live, to teach  and to spread the gospel with courage. Our message is backed by Jesus and his  Devine authority.

As the Church flourished from east to west , all kinds of people found  shelter among its branches. That does not mean that Jesus planted  a ‘rose garden’.  As history attests,  from the beginning persecutions arose, crisis of humiliation and defections  marred the Church quite a few times  but the words of Christ remain strong, ” The gates of hell, shall not prevail against her”. Pastor, in his’ History  of  the Popes’, writes, “The Church’s periods  of deepest humiliation are always the periods of her greatest strength and that the tomb and death,  are only symbols of her resurrection to a new life”.  In out times. Church is persecuted in quite a few countries.  Her  doctrine, many a time is branded as outmoded, many a time it has to endure  restrictions on her freedom of action; yet the Church will survive and will emerge stronger and purified  more than ever before.  Her purpose is to proclaim the good news of the gospel, both when convenient or inconvenient. It is her duty to safeguard the Christian principles, to teach morality and to foster peace, love and justice.

We cannot become ‘ paralyzed Christians’ we have a job to do. Be not afraid to stand up and be counted for what you believe in. The Church has a role to play in human history.

As someone said, ” A Church that is not persecuted, should question the reason of  her existence .

This is your Church, founded on the apostles with Jesus the corner stone. Love it, cherish it and defend it.

Prayer::: “O God, from living stones, your chosen people, you built an eternal temple to

your glory. Increase the spiritual gifts you have given to your Church that

that your faithful people may continue to grow into the new and eternal

Jerusalem. Amen. ( Book .of  Christian Prayer).

God bless you and yours.                                  Fr. David. O.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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