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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 4, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

There are no shortcuts neither are there easy pathways, that will lead us; unto the narrow and straight way to the Lord. By our baptism we have entered into the convenatal promise of the Lord our God. We have been given a ‘map’ a built in ‘GPS system’ in which we know the way home to Him. And through it we see the challenges ahead. As we embark on our journey we often find unseen challenges and trials along the way. However from the very start of our decision to journey on the right path home to Him; He was and is with us every step of the way.

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He is the promise fulfilled. Through Him we have the laws written on our hearts. Through Him we are Sons and Daughters of God our heavenly Father. Through Him we are one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen

First reading
Jeremiah 31:31-34

See, the days are coming– it is the Lord who speaks– when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel (and the House of Judah), but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant of mine, so I had to show them who was master. It is the Lord who speaks. No, this is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive– it is the Lord who speaks. Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people. There will be no further need for neighbour to try to teach neighbour, or brother to say to brother, ‘Learn to know the Lord!’ No, they will all know me, the least no less than the greatest– it is the Lord who speaks– since I will forgive their iniquity and never call their sin to mind.

Matthew 16:13-23

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.’ Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

From that time Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. ‘Heaven preserve you, Lord;’ he said ‘this must not happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’