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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 22, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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caesarea philippi

Who is Jesus for you? Is He just an extraordinary man that existed in history for you? Was He simply a prophet? Was He just a charismatic leader? Was He just a crazy fanatic able to convince so many? Have you truly encountered Him? Do you have a relationship with Him? If you do not, why?

Can you, like Peter cry out “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!” ? If we truly have a relationship with Him, we can readily and easily cry out, “My Lord, My God, you are my all in all!”

Jesus founded His one true Church upon His rock, Peter and He said that His Church will stand forever. Do we say this in the creed with conviction? Do we acknowledge our one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church? Do we hold and treasure the sacred traditions and sacraments?

Let us sing to the Lord with all our hearts and soul!

Hail Redeemer, King divine!
Priest and Lamb, the throne is thine;
King, whose reign shall never cease,
Prince of everlasting peace.

Angels, saints and nations sing :
“Praise be Jesus Christ our King;
Lord of life, earth, sky and sea,
King of love on Calvary!”

King most holy, King of truth,
guard the lowly, guide the youth;
Christ the King of glory bright,
be to us eternal light.

Shepherd-king, o’er mountains steep
homeward bring the wandering sheep;
shelter in one royal fold
states and kingdoms, new and old.

Crimson streams, O King of grace,
drenched thy thorn-crowned head and face;
floods of love’s redeeming tide
tore thy hands, thy feet, and side.

Eucharistic King, what love
draws thee daily from above,
clad in signs of bread and wine :
feed us, lead us, keep us thine!

King, whose name creation thrills,
rule our hearts, our minds, our wills;
till in peace, each nation rings
with thy praises, King of kings.

Sing with joy in ev’ry home :
“Christ our King, thy kingdom come!
To the King of ages, then,
honour, glory, love : Amen!”

Gospel

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.’

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