Saint John Lateran - THE Cathedral
...to its magnificent nave...
But at the far end of the church, tucked in the very center of the very back, stands a stone chair... not as ornate as one might imagine.
This is the Cathedra - the Chair of the Bishop - in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Rome.
This is the Cathedra of the Pope.
For most of us, chairs are what we use to relieve our burdens, if only for a little while.
Not this chair.
This chair is itself a burden: the most fearful burden in the world, for the man who sits in it has the burden of acting and teaching and speaking as the Vicar of Christ.
At the end of all things, when Christ takes his Judgement Seat, no one will be judged more sternly than the man chosen to sit in this chair.
(updated from an earlier post)