Matthew 16:13-19 Reflection:
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, yet, here I am; deeply in love. This would not have been possible without the rock of my Church community. When I walk through those metaphorical doors, God is waiting to embrace me, to rescue me from my sins, to nourish me and to confirm my humanity mingles with divinity. Thank you Peter!
Matthew 13 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 16:13-19.