Gospel – Matthew 16:13-19
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
The Gospel of the Lord
The Mass intention is Mary Monro, RIP
My friends if Peter is to be a rock, it is because he has found the rock that is Jesus. We all need strong and firm foundations for our faith and for our lives. We need strong stepping stones to guide us through life. Jesus is the way and the stepping stones. In him we need not fear for the future nor lose confidence in the present. To be able to say that Jesus is the living God is a grace to be treasured.
- Did Jesus choose Peter for his strengths or for his weaknesses? Can I apply this question to myself?
- The Church is the assembly of the people of God. Talk to God, this Lent about your relationship with the Church .