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Musings 2006/207

Yet again the great Pope shows such excellent good common sense that his words are worth remembering for those awful occasions when we doubt the Truth.
When we are tempted by evil or find ourselves in a dark state of depression or other spiritual difficulty, these words of Peter are an anchor, something to cling to -
Lord, to whom shall we go?
Outside of Christ and His Church, nothing makes any sense at all - common sense is lost; sanity is lost.
Mary, Mother of Christians
Here again we find The Universal Church adopting unquestionable, unchallengeable common sense for

if Jesus is our Brother,
then obviously
His Mother is also our Mother.

Indeed, in a spiritual manner Mary is just as equally our Mother as Jesus is our Brother. From another angle:- if Mary is not our Mother then Jesus is certainly not our Brother.
You can't have it both ways. Common sense tells us that.
P  50  19  26  When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.
50  19  27  After that, he saith to the disciple:

Behold thy mother.

And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own. P John.
(How significant and how enthralling is it, that Jesus, in His dying words, should call His Mother
Woman, just as He did at Cana of Galilee, thereby naming her The Woman of Scripture.)
P  73  12   1  And a great sign appeared in heaven:

A woman  clothed with the sun,

and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars:
73  12   2  And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.
73  12   3  And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems:
73  12   4  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son.

73  12   5  And she brought forth a man child,
who was to rule all nations with an iron rod:

and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne.
73  12   6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred sixty days. .
73  12  16  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
73  12  17  And the dragon was angry against the woman:

and went to make war
with the rest of her seed,
who keep the commandments of God,
and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. P

We easily observe here that The Woman of Scripture is the Mother of Jesus Christ but also, the Mother of all those who keep God's Commandments and follow Jesus Christ.
Peter, First Pope
Most Christians will accept that Jesus appointed Peter as the head of the Apostles - perhaps in varying degrees. How can they not? Yet many Protestants will not accept that Peter's leadership was passed down over the centuries. That is to say, in Catholic terms, that Peter was the first Pope and that Popes have always existed thereafter, holding by divine right, leadership over present-day Bishops (the successors of the other Apostles) and of all Christendom.
P  50  21  15  When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him:

Feed my lambs.

50  21  16  He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him:

Feed my lambs.

50  21  17  He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him:

Feed my sheep. P

Jesus of course, is The Shepherd (50  10  11 -   I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. John), but we observe clearly here, that He passes His very Own power and responsibility on to Peter,

making Peter the Shepherd of His flock.

But this authority and responsibility are also confirmed extremely clearly in another place in Scripture:-
P 47  16  16  Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
47  16  17  And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
47  16  18  And I say to thee:

That thou art Peter;
and upon this rock I will build my church,

and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

47  16  19  And I will give to thee
the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth,
it shall be bound also in heaven:

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