Gospel of 3rd September 2019 - Matthew 16: 13-19
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of Man is?' And they said, 'Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' 'But you,' he said 'who do you say I am?' Then Simon Peter spoke up, 'You are the Christ,' he said 'the Son of the living God.' Jesus replied, 'Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.'
As I mentioned before, Saint Peter is probably one of my favourite people in the Gospels. Whilst at times he was weak (denying Jesus three times), Jesus saw a great potential in Peter to become the rock, the solid foundation of the Church. God works through fragile, non-perfect people to bring his Kingdom about.... To read on see: www.christianart.today/daily-gospel-reading/162
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