St. Peter’s chair

St. Peter’s chair

By Jennifer Corpuz


On Feb. 22, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. What is so unique about this feast? Why are we celebrating the feast of a chair? Well, we, Catholics believe not the chair itself but office it represents.


St. Peter the Apostle occupies a central and revered place in Christian history and theology. As one of the twelve apostles chosen by Jesus Christ, Peter played a pivotal role in the early spread of Christianity and the formation of the early Christian Church. Reflecting on his life and legacy offers profound insights into faith, human frailty, redemption, and the transformative power of grace.


Peter's journey is marked by moments of great faith and profound weakness, making him a relatable figure for many believers. His bold declaration of Jesus as the Messiah stands as a testament to his deep faith and understanding of Christ's identity. However, his subsequent denial of Jesus during the crucifixion reveals the vulnerability and fallibility of human nature, reminding us that even the most devout can stumble in moments of fear or doubt.


So, when we see St. Peter, we must be confronted by our own weaknesses and sinfulness. And more than this encounter, we too, must trust in the mercy of God- although we are doomed and sinful, Christ has made us clean again just like Peter.

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