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February 22, 2021

Chair of St. Peter

Mt 16: 13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 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.

 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. 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.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

New name for a new mission

Throughout Scripture, a new name signals a new mission. Today, Simon becomes Peter, whose mission is to be the rock - the foundation - of the Church. And through his response to Jesus’ question, “who do you say that I am?” Peter names Jesus.  His faith inspires him to proclaim that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Peter has no evidence to prove that Jesus is a messiah, but through his faith, he knows that Jesus is the Messiah. Peter’s faith is a gift from God, and therefore, it is upon Peter’s faith, not upon the person of Peter, that the Church is built. Faith is our foundation. Through the lives and love of others such as our parents, grandparents, or teachers, our faith continues to grow. 

Who do you say Jesus is? Name the people in your life who have been a foundation for your faith and helped shape your understanding of who Jesus is. Express your gratitude to God for those people and for His gift of faith. 

—Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. 

 

Prayer

You are the way, the truth, the life
Without the way, there is no going
Without the truth, there is no knowing
Without the life, there is no growing.
Show us the way, that we may go
Teach us the truth, that we may know
Grant us the life, that we may grow Eternally.
Amen 

—Theodore J. (Ted) Tracy, SJ


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February 22, 2021

Chair of St. Peter

Mt 16: 13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 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.

 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. 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.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

New name for a new mission

Throughout Scripture, a new name signals a new mission. Today, Simon becomes Peter, whose mission is to be the rock - the foundation - of the Church. And through his response to Jesus’ question, “who do you say that I am?” Peter names Jesus.  His faith inspires him to proclaim that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Peter has no evidence to prove that Jesus is a messiah, but through his faith, he knows that Jesus is the Messiah. Peter’s faith is a gift from God, and therefore, it is upon Peter’s faith, not upon the person of Peter, that the Church is built. Faith is our foundation. Through the lives and love of others such as our parents, grandparents, or teachers, our faith continues to grow. 

Who do you say Jesus is? Name the people in your life who have been a foundation for your faith and helped shape your understanding of who Jesus is. Express your gratitude to God for those people and for His gift of faith. 

—Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. 

 

Prayer

You are the way, the truth, the life
Without the way, there is no going
Without the truth, there is no knowing
Without the life, there is no growing.
Show us the way, that we may go
Teach us the truth, that we may know
Grant us the life, that we may grow Eternally.
Amen 

—Theodore J. (Ted) Tracy, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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