Food for Thought: Tables and… (Fill in the Blank)Posted: February 22, 2017 | Author: Fr. Leo
If you said "chair", you're correct. Today I want to focus on chairs and in particular, the Chair of St. Peter, the feast we celebrate today.
The Chair of St. Peter.
While it may be odd to have a feast day to celebrate a chair, it's makes perfect sense for faithful foodies. St. Peter's chair, known as the cathedra, where we get the word cathedral (which is the "seat of the Bishop of a diocese) represents authority. It's like a king's throne. In ancient days, the seated king meant that he was working, not lounging! That's why the "chairperson" of a committee has a great responsibility and a lot of work to do!
This feast reminds us how a chair has great significance. It can help make people feel comfortable. "Pull up a chair" we would say to someone to make them feel at home. It also reminds us of great responsibility - including the judge who sits on the BENCH! A chair can mean hospitality and comfort, and at the same time reliability and responsibility.
Christ Upon His throne.
Hope you can see how a simple chair is worth meditating upon. And for Catholics, a chair is worth celebrating a feast day!
Christ gives us a place at the table. So, pull up a chair at the Lord's Table, and let's celebrate our Christian responsibilities. It's up to us to pull ourselves up, sit in that seat, get comfortable with Him, and make sure we sit "upright." Remember, the Chair of Peter is not a "lazy-boy recliner!"
Food for Thought
1. Do you have specific seating at your family dinner table, and how did you come to that?
2. Is there a particular kind of chair that has meaning to you? Like a place where grandparents sat?
3. How do you understand St. Peter's unique responsibility over the other apostles?
Let us Pray
From the Opening Prayer at today's liturgy: "Grant, we pray, almighty God, that no tempest may disturb us, for You have set us fast on the rock of the Apostle Peter's confession of faith. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
REGISTER NOW FOR 2017 PILGRIMAGES
Now is the opportunity to register for this summer's trip to Spain and Portugal with Gus Lloyd, and there are more trips to Italy and the Holy Land heading into the Fall. Visit the following page to see what is coming up and learn how to register. Or call Select International Tours directly at 1.800.842.4842. *NOTE: My trip with Leah Darrow to Italy has been re-scheduled for July 9-19, 2018, so stay tuned for an update.