Thank you Peter! – Reflection on Matthew 16:13-20
Like Saint Peter, Jesus Christ, my savior, has held out his hand to save me from drowning in sorrow, selfishness, anger, pride, greed, and even denying God’s existence. This sense of the impossible becoming possible would not exist without the rock of my spiritual and physical church community. When I walk through those metaphorical doors, God is silently waiting to embrace me. I will enter a sanctuary of peace and love where forgiveness will rescue me from my sins. Whether a physical building or in my heart, those known and unknown will nourish me, confirming my humanity mingles with divinity. Thank you Peter for helping to show us the way!
The Primacy of Saint Peter, by James Tissot (full resolution painting).
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Matthew 16:13-20 – Scripture*
Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 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. 18 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. 19 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.” 20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
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