“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.”

Yesterday’s Solemnity honored Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles.  Appropriately, the gospel reading chosen relates, arguably, the most important encounter between Jesus and Peter (Mt 16:13-19).  Jesus asks the apostles who people say that He is.  Various answers are offered: John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or another prophet.  When Jesus asks the apostles who they say He is, Simon replies for them all by saying: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (v. 16).  Jesus then tells him this is a divine revelation.  Jesus goes on to rename him Peter and declare what is written at top.  This Church will tear down the gates of the netherworld.  Jesus then gives the keys to this kingdom to Peter as head of the Church, and thus Peter has the power to bind and loose sins.  What a wonderful gift we have in this Church, established by Christ, and the successors of Peter and the apostles who have faithfully safeguarded and passed on the true Faith that they received from Jesus.  As one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, we recognize the unity of belief and believers, its holiness which comes from its Founder and its Advocate, its universal scope and appeal, and its founding on the closest collaborators of Jesus Christ.  As “the pillar and foundation of truth” (1 Tim 3:15), we can turn to no other source for the fullness of divine revelation and the proper understanding of the same.  We should thank God often for the great gift He has given us that allows us to know the truth without question.

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