After following Jesus for a time, his disciples had to come to a decision about who He truly is. Now, they cannot borrow answers from what others think or say He is; they have to decide who He is. Peter then gives a revelation that Jesus is the “Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-19). And with this revelation comes an appointment. Jesus appoints Peter to be ‘the rock on which He will build the Church’.
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-19 (New International Version – NIV)
From then on to this present age, the Church has traced her origins and authority as well as her apostolic succession to this divine appointment of St. Peter.
The Church does not exists for its own sake, rather, it is the only institution that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members. It serves as a visible sign of God’s love and salvation for the world.
Let us therefore pray for the successor of St. Peter, our present Pope Francis, and all the leaders of the universal Church as well as ourselves, that in carrying out what Peter said in 1 Peter 5:1-4, we may be witnesses of God’s love and presence in the world so that others will come to know who Jesus Christ truly is.
Peace and Joy
Prayer (Christ, the Son of the Living Lord)
Great a Might King, Your love is so pure and so tender. I thank You for Your grace upon my Life. Help us to be witnesses of Your love and presence so that others will come to know who Jesus Christ truly is. Amen