Yesterday we were fasting - today we are feasting - not a bad start to Lent! Today we rejoice and give thanks for the Chair of St Peter. No, not a piece of furniture, but rather the belief that Jesus said to Peter - 'you are the rock on which I will build my Church.'
Roman Catholics see this teaching and leadership authority passed down the centuries, till it has reached the present Pope - Benedict XVI.
Peter was far from perfect during his early life - but Jesus chose him. We are far from perfect in our lives, but Jesus still calls us to follow him, and to some he says 'feed my sheep.' This Feast of the Chair of St Peter powerfully reminds us that Jesus knows best!