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January Scripture Reflection

“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.” - Matthew 16:18

UponThisRock

This may be a passage you have never seen or heard before. However, as a Catholic, it is among the most important interactions Jesus has in his lifetime. It seems like a short sentence, a small episode in which Jesus is giving some weird analogy about Peter being a rock. However, once we look at the context, we learn that there is so much more than meets the eye.

First of all, in the beginning of this episode, Jesus walks His apostles all the way over to the village of Caesarea Philippi. This was not a short trip like crossing East Ridgewood Ave. This was a long, long, long walk. Jesus walks the apostles over to a rock to give this responsibility to Peter. This isn’t just any rock. This is a huge mountain face. Jesus is telling Peter something very important here.

Jesus is explaining to Peter that he is a vital part of Jesus’ whole plan for Christianity. In telling Peter that he will be the first pope, and that he will be the giant mountain on which the Church is built, Jesus reminds us that the papacy, and the hierarchy of the church helps to form its foundation. He reminds Peter of the importance of his role.

Just like He had for Peter, Jesus has a very important role for you. Believe it or not, you are a foundational part of the church. Jesus wants to build on you. He wants to use your gifts and talents to keep the church standing as a home for all those who need one in generations to come.  Ask yourself today, what gifts and talents do I have? How can I use these gifts to build up God’s kingdom on earth?

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