Gospel Reading and Thoughts for June 29, 2014

Gospel – Matthew 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

 

Christ entrusted the Church to Peter, a simple and sinful human man. Peter’s faults and occasional lack of faith is definitely relatable as he tries to fulfilPeter and Jesusl God’s will for His life.

Sometimes, Peter was a bit rash, rushing in to help when his help wasn’t necessary. Other times he jumped in over his head, quite literally, wanting to have faith, but then failing to trust. And three times, he denied even knowing Christ.

Have there been times when we too, have rushed into a situation wanting to help when we shouldn’t or can’t? Or have we jumped into a task or service only to find we couldn’t do it without a hand from Christ? Have we ever chosen sin over Christ and denied him in our lives?

Yet, Peter was entrusted with the future of the Church – a Church that is still thriving and growing. We too have been entrusted with much, even with our imperfect and sometimes faltering lives.  He has great faith in us and believes in us – we must trust Christ like Peter did, taking whatever He gives us to do in our lives!

 

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