Reflection on Matthew 16:13-23
Like he did for Peter, Jesus Christ my savior has held out His hand to save me from not fitting into a world filled with temptations, drowning in my 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, I feel humanity mingle with divinity, leading or following in order to serve others. Thank you Jesus!
The Primacy of Saint Peter, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 16 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.” 20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 16:13-23.